Category Archives: Election

10th Congressional District Candidates Forum

[VIDEO] The Primary Election is August 4th and those in the 10th Congressional District will be deciding the top two candidates from a field of 19 to fill the U.S. Representative seat being vacated by Denny Heck. To help you make an informed decision, the League of Women Voters of Thurston County and the League of Women Voters of Mason County held a virtual candidates forum with those seeking the seat that represents portions of Thurston, Pierce, and Mason counties. The forum, produced by TVW, was held July 8th and are scheduled to air on TVW (Hood Canal Communications’ channel 42) at 9 AM July 16th and 2:30 PM July 18th.

MasonWebTV Powered by HCC has been granted permission to post the videos of the nearly three-hour forum:

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2020 Local Elections Set

After last week’s candidate filing, the 2020 local elections are set with two contested races in Mason County.

For Mason County Commissioner District 1, incumbent Independent Randy Neatherlin is being challenged by Republican Ted Jackson.
Kevin Shutty is running unopposed for Mason County Commissioner District 2.

The other contested race is for Mason PUD 3 Commissioner District 2. Mason Lake resident John Komen is challenging incumbent Tom Farmer. Komen filed for the race less than two hours before the deadline on Friday.

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One Day Left to File for Election

Today (Friday, May 15, 2020) is the final day to file for this year’s election. The deadline is 4 PM.

According to the latest information posted to the VoteWA.gov website, Randy Neatherlin (I) and Ted Jackson (R) have filed for Mason County Commissioner District 1. And Kevin Shutty (R) has filed for Mason County Commissioner District 2.

So far, the other races in Mason County have drawn incumbents.

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Day 3 of Candidate Filing

Wednesday was the third day of candidate filing.

Another person filed for 10th Congressional District U.S. Representative. Republican Don Hewett entered the race for the seat being vacated by Denny Heck. There are now four Republians and seven Democrats in the race: Randolph (Randy) Bell (D), Phil Gardner (D), Jackson Maynard (R), Beth Doglio (D), Sam Wright (D), Marilyn Strickland (D), Ryan Tate (R), Kristine M. Reeves (D), Eric LaMay (D), Nancy Daily Slotnick (R), and Don Hewett (R).

In the 6th Congressional District, Republian Chris Welton joined Elizabeth Kreiselmaier (R) and Rebecca Parson (D) in challenging incumbent Derek Kilmer (D).

No new filings for 35th District State Representative Positions 1 and 2; Mason County Commissioner Districts 1 and 2; Mason County Superior Court Judge positions 1, 2 and 3; Mason County PUD No. 1 Commissioner District 2; or Mason PUD 3 Commissioner District 2.

Through Wednesday:

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Day 2 of Candidate Filing

More people filed for the 10th District Congressional race on the second day of candidate filing. Republican Ryan Tate and Democrats Kristine M. Reeves and Eric LeMay declared for the seat being vacated by Denny Heck. There are now nine people in that race. Others to file: Randolp (Randy) Bell (D), Phil Gardner (D), Jackson Maynard (R), Beth Doglio (D), Sam Wright (D), and Marilyn Strickland (D).

Another Republican entered the race for 6th Congressional District U.S. Representative with Elizabeth Kreiselmaier filing Tuesday joining Democrats Derek Kilmer (incumbent) and Rebecca Parson.

No new declarations of candidacy were filed Tuesday in races for 35th District State Representative Position 1 and 2; Mason County Commissioner District 1 and District 2; Mason County Superior Court Judge Positions 1, 2 and 3; Mason County PUD No. 1 Commissioner District 2; or Mason PUD 3 Commissioner District 2.

Candidate filing continues until 4 PM Friday.

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First Day of Candidate Filing

On the first day of candidate filing week (as of 6:30 PM May 11, 2020), the U.S. Representative seat in the 10th Congressional District garnered five candidates. Democrats Randolp (Randy) Bell, Phil Gardner, Beth Doglio and Sam Wright, and Republican Jackson Maynard filed for the seat being vacated by Denny Heck.

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Candidate Filing Week Begins Monday

Candidate filing week begins 9 AM Monday, May 11, 2020 and runs through 4 PM May 15, 2020. There are a few changes this year due to COVID-19. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC recently spoke with Mason County Auditor Paddy McGuire about filing week and how to file while the Elections office is closed to the public.

“What we’re encouraging people to do is go online,” Auditor McGuire explained during a phone interview. “You can file. You can pay. You can do everything online. All the information is on our website: MasonCountyElections.us.”

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Updated Special Election Results

Wednesday, the Elections Department in the Mason County Auditor’s Office counted more ballots from Tuesday’s Special Election and the latest numbers show the gap narrowing but still not enough.

The North Mason School District’s replacement levy picked up some more votes to close the gap but is still short of passing.

Wednesday’s results show that 50.76 percent (2,642 voters) voted “No.” on the four-year, $2.16 per thousand of assessed value Educational Programs and Operations levy.

In Mason County Fire District 16, both propositions are now above 50 percent but have different requirements to pass.

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Fire District 6 EMS Levy Passing, NM & Fire District 16 Measures Failing

Out of the four measures on the April 28th Special Election ballot only Mason County Fire District 6’s 10-year, 50 cents per thousand of assessed value Emergency Medical Services levy is passing.

After ballots were counted Tuesday night, the Union Fire Department’s EMS Levy has a 71.85 percent approval rate. That’s 485 voting “Yes” and 190 voting “No”.

The North Mason School District’s second attempt to pass a four-year Educational Programs and Operations levy is failing with 51.86 percent voting against the $2.16 per thousand of assessed value replacement levy. That’s 2,305 voting “No” and 2,140 voting “Yes”.

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Ballots for Special Election Due

Ballots for special elections in Mason County Fire Districts 6 and 16, and the North Mason School District are due by 8 PM tonight (April 28, 2020). Ballots need to be in a ballot drop box no later than 8 PM or if mailing in your ballot, it must have today’s postmark to be counted.

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