Category Archives: Election

Auditor Candidates Face Off

[VIDEO] The candidates running for Mason County Auditor, Charles Rhodes and Paddy McGuire, faced off Tuesday before the League of Women Voters of Mason County.

The League held a separate debate for the Auditor candidates since they were unable to include Rhodes and McGuire in their “Speed Dating” Candidates Forum on October 4th.

The “Speed Dating” forum is one of three forums, MasonWebTV Powered by HCC will be broadcasting.

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Charles Rhodes Takes Auditor Write-In

The Primary Election results are now officials and the write-in contest for Mason County Auditor went to Charles G. Rhodes who will face Paddy McGuire in November.

Rhodes and Steve VanDenover filed as write-in candidates after the regular filing period during which McGuire was the only to file for the seat currently held by Karen Herr. 

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No Change in Primary Election Numbers

More Primary Election ballots were counted Thursday and there are no changes in the latest unofficial numbers.

Democrat Kevin Schmelzlen and Republican Sharon Trask will face off for Mason County Commissioner District 3. George Steele and Eric Valley are the top two candidates for Mason County District Court Judge. Write-in results for Mason County Auditor will be released next week. And two Democrats (Irene Bowling and Tim Sheldon) will face off for 35th District State Senator. 

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Updated Primary Election Results as of 5 PM 8/8/18

More ballots from Tuesday’s Primary Election were counted Wednesday. No significant changes in the lasted unofficial numbers.

In the race for Mason County Commissioner District 3, Democrat Kevin Schmelzlen remains at the top with 40.04% of the vote (1,526 votes) followed by Republican Sharon Trask with 30.94% (1,170 votes). The others in the race are Mary Jo Cady (15.82% or 603 votes) and Kathy Chaussee (13.2% or 503 votes). Schmelzlen will face Trask in the November election for the seat currently held by Terri Drexler who is retiring.

The leaders in the race for Mason County District Court Judge are George Steele with 31.69% (3,499 votes) and Eric Valley with 25.7% (2,838 votes).

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Primary Election Results

Here are initial results from the August 7, 2018 Primary Election:

Mason County Commissioner District 3
votes vote %
Sharon Trask 1090 30.38%
Mary Jo Cady 575 16.03%
Kathy Chaussee 471 13.13%
Kevin Schmelzlen 1448 40.36%
Mason County District Court Judge
votes vote %
Eric Valley 2633 25.65
George A. Steele 3240 31.56%
Eugene C. Austin 982 9.57%
John R. Bonin 1716 16.72%
Stephen D. Greer 1615 15.73%
Mason County Sheriff

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Primary Ballots Due Tuesday

Ballots for the Primary Election need to be returned to the Mason County Auditor’s Office by 8 PM Tuesday or have a postmark no later than August 7th. There are several ballot drop box locations but no postage is necessary for those mailing in their ballots.

There are over 38,000 active registered voters in Mason County who are deciding the top two candidates who will advance to the General Election regardless of party.

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New Election Processing System for Mason County

[VIDEO] The Mason County Auditor’s Office has new election processing equipment. Auditor Karen Herr talked about the Clear Ballot system during Tuesday’s Mason County Commission meeting.

Another new feature: no postage necessary to mail in your ballot.

Ballots for the August 7th Primary Election were mailed to registered voters on Tuesday.

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Primary Election Ballots Being Mailed

Ballots for the August 7th Primary Election will be mailed to registered voters beginning Tuesday, July 17th. On the ballot are federal, state and local positions that include: U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative (Congressional Dist. #6 and #10), State Senator, State Representative (Positions 1 and 2), Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Coroner, Prosecutor, Sheriff, Treasurer, County Commissioner Dist. 3, and District Court Judge.

Click here to view interviews with candidates.

Ballots must be returned to the Mason County Auditor’s Office or in a ballot drop box by 8:00 PM on election night or by mail which must be postmarked by August 7th in order to be counted. 

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MasonWebTV Talks with Charles Rhodes

[VIDEO] MasonWebTV Powered by HCC sat down with Charles Rhodes, write-in candidate for Mason County Auditor. Rhodes’ name will not be on August 7th ballot but decided to challenge Paddy McGuire for the seat currently held by Karen Herr who is retiring.

Ballots will be mailed to voters July 17th.

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MasonWebTV Talks with Mason County Commissioner Candidates

[VIDEO] MasonWebTV Powered by HCC sat down with the four candidates running for Mason County Commissioner District 3: Sharon Trask, Mary Jo Cady, Kathy Chaussee and Kevin Schmelzlen.

Topics discussed during these interviews include potential budget shortfall, increasing revenues, and maintaining service levels.

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