Category Archives: Election

Shutty Announces Reelection Bid

Kevin Shutty announced Thursday he is running for reelection to the Mason County Board of Commissioners for District 2. Shutty was first elected in 2016 and is currently serving as commission chair. 

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Election Results as of 1 PM 11/8/19

No significant changes in the latest results from Tuesday’s General Election. The last count was Friday, November 8th. Election officials in the Mason County Auditor’s Office have counted 19,258 ballots, increasing the turnout to 47.51 percent. Next ballot count is set for 4 PM November 25th with the election certified on November 26th.

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Transit Association Challenging I-976

The Washington State Transit Association (WSTA) Board of Directors has authorized legal action to challenge the constitutionality of Initiative 976.  Additionally, WSTA will work with potential partners to join the efforts to ensure that all effected interests are represented. 

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Election Results as of 4 PM 11/6/19

After additional ballots from Tuesday’s General Election were counted Wednesday, the only changes to report are in the races for Southside School Board.

John E. Johnson has increased his lead on Don Robbins for School Board Director Position No. 1. Johnson now has a 50-vote lead with 310 votes (53.73%) to Robbins’ 260 (45.06%).
Laurie Cox’s lead on Brandon Homan for School Board Director Position No. 2 is now just five votes. Cox has 285 votes (49.91%) and Homan has 280 votes (49.04%). There are six write-ins with accounts for the remaining 1.05 percent.
Gigi Olsen has overtaken Matt Jewett for School Board Director Position No. 4 and now has a four-vote lead. Oslen has 287 votes (49.57%) to Jewett’s 283 votes (48.88%) with nine write-ins accounting for 1.55 percent of the vote.

No significant changes in the remaining unofficial results.

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Initial Election Results

[VIDEO] Election officials in the Mason County Auditor’s Office counted 13,383 ballots from the General Election. Mason County Auditor Paddy McGuire read the initial results Tuesday night.

According to McGuire, they have several thousand ballots still to count.

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NM Chamber Board Votes to Support Fire Bond

The North Mason Chamber of Commerce Board has voted to support the North Mason Regional Fire Authority’s bond for an Emergency Management Campus in North Mason. The Fire Authority is asking voters to approved a 25-year, $10 Million Bond to acquire land adjacent to the old headquarters station and construct a new Headquarters Station.

Here is the Chamber Board’s statement:

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General Election Information Available Online

Ballots for the November 5th General Election were mailed to registered voters this week. The ballot includes two statewide initiatives, a dozen advisory votes and a proposed Constitutional Amendment along with local measures and races. More information on these issues and measures plus statements from candidates can be found online. Click here.

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City & School Board Candidates Talk with League

[VIDEO] The candidates running for Shelton City Council (George Blush, James Boad, Dean Jewett, Kathy McDowell & Deidre Peterson) and the contested race for Shelton School Board (Cheryl Williams & Sandy Tarzwell) spoke with the League of Women Voters of Mason County Tuesday.

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Op/Ed by Ken VanBuskirk: NM Emergency Management Campus Bond

I am not against the concept of a “campus” just the location.  For that reason  I went to Mason County Commissioners last March and asked them to conduct a feasibility study before signing a “non binding” letter of intent to utilize the existing fire station. It will be costly to retrofit the existing stormwater system on the property and there are unanswered questions regarding what are “essential” public facilities. Anyone that has been stuck in our daily gridlock realizes that our traffic infrastructure needs to be fixed before we build another “campus”!

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Watch City Council Candidates’ Forum

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the Shelton City Council Candidates’ Forum presented by the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce. This forum features the candidates running for Council Seat No. 1 (George W. Blush and James Boad) and for Council Seat No. 2 (Kathy McDowell and Dean Jewett).

The candidates will be answering questions, talking about where they stand on the issues and discussing their platform as well as asking questions of their opponents.

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