Category Archives: Election

City Supports Public Safety Sales Tax

[VIDEO] The Shelton City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night supporting Mason County’s Public Safety Sales Tax Proposition voters will find on the August 6th Primary Election Ballot. Shelton Mayor Bob Rogers:

Council Member Joe Schmit:

If approved by voters, the proposition would increase the sales tax in unincorporated Mason County by three-tenths (0.3%) of a percent and increase the sales tax in the City of Shelton two-tenths of percent (0.2%). The County’s sales tax rate would go from 8.5 percent to 8.8 percent. The City’s sales tax rate would increase from 8.8 percent to 9 percent.

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County Releases Info on Public Safety Sales Tax Proposition

[VIDEO] Mason County released information on the Public Safety Sales Tax Proposition voters will find on the August 6th Primary Election Ballot. If approved by voters, the proposition would increase the sales tax in unincorporated Mason County by three-tenths (0.3%) of a percent and increase the sales tax in the City of Shelton two-tenths of percent (0.2%). The County’s sales tax rate would go from 8.5 percent to 8.8 percent. The City’s sales tax rate would increase from 8.8 percent to 9 percent.

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City Council to Support Public Safety Sales Tax

The Shelton City Council will consider a resolution supporting Mason County’s proposed Public Safety Sales Tax during their meeting at 6 PM Tuesday, July 16. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC will broadcast Tuesday’s City Council meeting live.

If approved by voters on August 6, 2019, the Public Safety Sales and Use tax would increase to three-tenths of 1%. A City news release says because Shelton residents approved a ballot measure in 2011 to collect a one-tenth of 1% sales tax dedicated to public safety, approval of the county ballot proposition would raise the tax by two-tenths of a percentage to a total of three-tenths of 1% within Shelton city limits.

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Watch Information Meeting on Public Safety Sales Tax

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the North Mason Chamber of Commerce Government Affair Committee’s Munch & Meet as Mason County Commissioner Kevin Shutty discusses the Public Safety Sales Tax and how the three-tenths of a percent increase would generate $1.3 Million for criminal justice programs operated by the Sheriff’s Office and the County Courts. Meeting is being held at the Port of Allyn and starts at 12 PM.

The County also has information on the Public Safety Sales Tax Proposition which answers several questions on the measure on the County’s website. Click here for a direct link: Public Safety Sales Tax Proposition Open Letter – Public Safety Sales Tax Proposition Frequently Asked Questions.

The measure is on the August 6, 2019 Primary Election Ballot. Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters in Mason County on July 19th.

Public Safety Sales Tax Topic of Meeting

The Public Safety Sales Tax is the topic of the North Mason Chamber of Commerce Government Affair Committee’s Munch & Meet, 12 PM Wednesday at the Port of Allyn. Mason County Commissioner Kevin Shutty will be the guest speaker and will discuss how the three-tenths of a percent increase in sales tax would generate $1.3 Million for criminal justice programs operated by the Sheriff’s Office and the County Courts. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC will broadcast the meeting live.

Kilmer Votes to Support Election Security

Thursday, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) voted to support H.R. 2722, the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act of 2019, an election security bill to provide funding for states to replace outdated and vulnerable voting equipment, mandate paper ballot voting systems and risk-limiting post-election audits, and implement cybersecurity requirements for election technology vendors and voting systems. The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives 225-184.

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Candidate Filing Wrap Up

Candidate Filing week wrapped up Friday with a flurry of activity as a total of 74 candidates are vying for 56 offices. There will be Primary Elections in the City of Shelton and Southside School District.

Four people filed for Shelton City Council on the last day.
The Council Member No. 2 seat went from one candidate on Thursday, Donald Coots, to four by Friday’s 4 PM deadline with Dean Jewett, Steven Peters and incumbent Kathy McDowell entering the race.
James Boad filed to challenge George W. Blush for Council Member No. 1 (the seat currently held by Gary Cronce.)
And Deidre Peterson is running unopposed for Council Member No. 5.

Six people are vying for three seats on the Southside School Board.
Don Robbins, John E. Johnson and Tim Tyler are running for Director Position No. 1.
Brandon Homan, Laurie Cox and Megan Pierce are running for Director Position No. 2.
And Don Pogreba, Eugenie (Gigi) Olsen and Matt Jewett are running for Director Position No. 4.

In the Shelton School District, Cheryl Williams is challenging incumbent Sandy Tarzwell for School Board Director District No. 1.
Incumbent Dan Cooling is running unopposed for School Board Director District No. 2.
And incumbent Keri Davidson is running unopposed for School Board Director Position 2.

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Candidate Filing Day 4

The fourth day of Candidate Filing Week has brought a crowd for Southside School Board seats up for re-election.

There are now nine people vying for three positions:
Tim Tyler entered the race for Director Position No. 1, joining John E. Johnson in challenging Don Robbins.
Megan Pierce has filed for Director Position No. 2, taking on incumbent Laurie Cox and Brandon Homan.
Matt Jewett filed for Director Position No. 4 facing Eugenie (Gigi) Olsen and incumbent Don Pogreba.

Other filings:

Donald Coots filed for Shelton City Council Member No. 2 – the seat currently held by Kathy McDowell.

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Day 3 of Candidate Filing

The third day of Candidate Filing Week shows interest in school board races as now 54 candidates have declared for 48 positions up for election this fall.

In the Shelton School District, Cheryl Williams is challenging Sandy Tarzwell for Director District No. 1.

For the North Mason School Board, incumbent Art Wightman is being challenged by Rich Miller for Director District No. 1.

Six people have filed for three seats on the Southside School Board:
Don Robbins and John E. Johnson have filed for Director Position No. 1.
Brandon Homan and Laurie Cox have filed for Director Position No. 2.
Don Pogreba and Eugenie (Gigi) Olsen have filed for Director Position No. 4.

Other filings from Wednesday:

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Day Two of Candidate Filing Week

After second day of Candidate Filing Week, 43 people have filed for 41 positions up for election this fall.

Some of the notible filings from Tuesday:

Cheryl Williams filed for Shelton School Board Director District No. 1.

In the Mary M. Knight School District, Bryan Walsworth filed for School Board Director District No. 1; Cynthia Brehmeyer filed for School Board Director District No. 3; And Jennifer Jutson filed for School Board Director Position No. 2.

Incumbents filed for North Mason School Board. Art Wightman filed for Director District No. 1 and Laura Boad filed for Director District No. 3.

Francess Longshore filed for Hood Canal School Board Director District No. 2.

In the Southside School District, Eugenie (Gigi) Olsen filed for Director Position No. 4 challenging Don Pogreba and Brandon Homan filed for Director Position No. 2.

Scott Cooper filed to retain his seat as Port of Allyn Commissioner District No. 3.

Patty Stone filed for Public Hospital District 2 Commissioner Position No. 1.

In Fire District 5 (Central Mason Fire & EMS), Steve Pierce filed for Commissioner Position No. 3 challenging Del Griffey.

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