Category Archives: Election

Capital Levies Failing

The three capital levies sent to voters in Southside, Pioneer and Hood Canal school districts to pay for each district’s share of the cost to expand and renovate Shelton High School are failing.

After ballots were counted Tuesday night, the capital levies in Southside and Pioneer failed to reach 50 percent approval while Hood Canal’s two levies were above 50 percent, the capital levy didn’t reach the 60 percent required to pass.

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George Blush Announces Candidacy for City Council

Volunteer and business owner George Blush has announced he will run for Shelton City Council Seat #1.

Blush owns Nita’s Koffe Shop and founded 5xl Shelton, a pet food rescue organization that provides pet food and supplies to seniors, low-income and homeless families. He and his family also volunteer at the Saints Pantry.

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More Election Results Released

Friday, election officials in the Mason County Auditor’s Office released more results from the November 6th General Election. The turnout for this election is now 71.51 percent after nearly 600 more ballots were counted. The next count is scheduled for November 26th with certification set for November 27th.

No significant changes in the latest unofficial results. These result do not include write-ins.

The difference between Sharon Trask and Kevin Schmelzlen for Mason County Commissioner District 3 is now 948 votes or 3.58 percent. Trask now has 51.79 percent (13,747 votes) while Schmelzlen has 48.21 percent (12,799 votes).

In the race for Mason County Sheriff, incumbent Casey Salisbury maintains his substantial lead on Darin Holland 65.72 percent (17,204 votes) to 34.28 percent (8,973 votes).

Patti McLean defeated incumbent Melody Peterson for Mason County Assessor. McLean has 13,943 votes (54.48%) to Peterson’s 11,650 votes (45.52%).

Paddy McGuire has picked up a few votes on Charles Rhodes in the race to be the next Mason County Auditor. McGuire now has a 675-vote lead with 12,908 votes (51.37%) to Rhodes’ 12,233 votes (48.66%).

The next Mason County District Court Judge is George Steele who beat Eric Valley 13,063 votes (57.83%) to 9,526 votes (42.17%).

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General Election Results updated 11/9/18

Election officials in the Mason County Auditor’s Office have only a few ballots left to count and the latest results are close to being final. The next ballot count is set for November 26th. So far, 27,435 ballots have been counted increasing the election turnout in Mason County to 70 percent.

Still no significant change in the latest unofficial results. The numbers do NOT include write-ins. However, the number of write-ins are not expected to affect the outcome of any of the races.

Sharon Trask leads Kevin Schmelzlen for Mason County Commissioner District 3 now by 1,035 votes. Trask has 13,519 votes (51.99%) and Schmelzlen has 12,484 votes (48.01%). Trask will take the seat currently held by Terri Drexler who did not seek re-election.

Incumbent Casey Salisbury is returning as Mason County Sheriff defeating Darin Holland 65.79 percent (16,885 votes) to 34.21 percent (8,780 votes).

Patti McLean will take over as Mason County Assessor next year after defeating incumbent Melody Peterson 54.55 percent (13,679 votes) to 45.45 percent (11,399 votes).

Paddy McGuire’s lead on Charles Rhodes for Mason County Auditor is now 611 votes (2.48%). McGuire has 12,615 votes (51.24%) while Rhodes has 12,004 votes (48.76%). It appears McGuire will take the seat currently held by Karen Herr who is retiring at the end of the year.

George Steele will be taking the Mason County District Court Judge position currently held by Victoria Meadows. Steel has garnered 12,832 votes (57.92%) while Eric Valley has 9,323 votes (42.08%). Judge Meadows is retiring af the end of the year.

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General Election Results updated 7 PM 11/8/18

General Election results imageThursday, election officials in the Mason County Auditor’s Office counted more ballots from Tuesday’s General Election. There are no significant changes to report. Here are the latest unofficial results:

Sharon Trask’s lead on Kevin Schmelzlen is now 976 votes. Trask has 12,677 votes (52%) while Schmelzlen has 11,701 votes (48%).

Incumbent Casey Salisbury continues to have a significant lead on Darin Holland for Mason County Sheriff. Salislbury has garnered 65.84 percent of the vote (15,848 votes) while Holland has 34.16 percent (8,224 votes).

Patti McLean increased her lead on incumbent Melody Peterson for Mason County Assessor. McLean’s lead is now 2,031 votes with 12,794 votes (54.31%) to Peterson’s 10,763 votes (45.69%).

Paddy McGuire’s lead on Charles Rhodes is now 630 votes for Mason County Auditor. McGuire has 11,868 votes (51.34%) to Rhodes 11,248 votes (48.66%).

In the race for Mason County District Court Judge, George Steele has 12,172 votes (58.52%) to Eric Valley’s 8,629 votes (41.48%).

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General Election Results Updated 7 PM 11/7/18

More ballots from Tuesday’s General Election were counted Wednesday. There are no significant changes in the latest numbers.

Sharon Trask still leads Kevin Schmelzlen for Mason County Commissioner District 3. That lead is now 988 votes. Trask has 11, 018 votes (52.35%) while Schmelzlen has 10,030 votes (47.65%).

Incumbent Casey Salisbury maintains a substantial lead on Darin Holland for Mason County Sheriff. Salisbury has garnered 65.74 percent of the vote (13, 639 votes) to Holland’s 34.27 percent (7,112 votes).

Patti McLean increased her lead slightly on incumbent Melody Peterson for Mason County Assessor. McLean has a 1,690-vote lead with 11,015 votes (54.15%) while Peterson has 9,325 votes (48.85%).

In the race for Mason County Auditor, Paddy McGuire leads Charles Rhodes now 51.15 percent (10, 218 vote) to 48.84 percent (9,758 votes).

George Steele leads Eric Valley for Mason County District Court Judge.

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General Election Results as of 10 PM 11/6/18

After initial results from Tuesday’s General Election, Trask, Salisbury, McLean, McGuire, Steele, Sheldon, Griffey, and MacEwen lead their respective races. Fire District merger is passing. Carbon fee failing. Firearms and law enforcement measures are passing.

Sharon Trask has a 978-vote lead on Kevin Schmelzlen for Mason County Commissioner District 3. That’s 9,778 voting for Trask (52.63%) to 8,800 for Schmelzlen (47.37%). This position is currently held by Terri Drexler who did not seek re-election.

Incumbent Casey Salisbury has a sizable lead on challenger Darin Holland for Mason County Sheriff. Salisbury has 12,002 votes (65.59%) to Holland’s 6,296 votes (34.41%).

In the race for Mason County Assessor, challenger Patti McLean has 1,370-vote lead on incumbent Melody Peterson. McLean has 9,656 votes (53.82%) to Peterson’s 8,286 votes (46.18%).

For Mason County Auditor, Paddy McGuire is leading Charles Rhodes 51.17% to 48.83%. McGuire has 9,031 votes to Rhodes’ 8,619. This seat is currently held by Karen Herr who is retiring at the end of the year.

George Steele leads Eric Valley in the race for Mason County District Court Judge. Steele has 59.41 percent of the vote (9,402 votes) and Valley has 40.59% (6,424 votes). This position is currently held by Victoria Meadows who is retiring.

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Initial General Election Results

The initial result from the General Election show Sharon Trask leading Kevin Schmelzlen for Mason County Commissioner. Incumbent Casey Salisbury has a substantial lead on Darin Holland for Mason County Sheriff. Patti McLean leads incumbent Melody Peterson for Mason County Assessor. Paddy McGuire topping Charles Rhodes for Mason County Auditor. George Steele has a substantial lead on Eric Valley for Mason County District Court Judge. And the incumbents leading in the three 35th Legislative District races. 

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General Election Ballots Due Tuesday

Ballots for the General Election need to be returned to the Mason County Auditor’s Office by 8 PM Tuesday or have a postmark no later than November 6th. 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 will find four statewide initiatives, an advisory vote, and races for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, all three 35th State Legislative positions, and every elected office in Mason County on their ballot. There are also races for Supreme Court Justice, Court of Appeals Judge and Mason County Superior and District Court Judges.

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League Discusses Electoral College

[VIDEO] The League of Women Voters of Mason County discussed the Electoral College Tuesday during their monthly meeting. League Member Amy Davis gave a PowerPoint presentation on why the Electoral College was created and why it should be abolished.

A constitutional amendment is needed to abolish the Electoral College. A dozen states, including Washington, have taken action to enact the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact but the movement needs to pass in more states to be enacted. The NPVI Compact needs 270 Electoral Votes and currently has 172. The League would like to see this change by the next Presidential Election in 2020.