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Candidate Filing Wraps Up; Ballot Order Set

The candidate filing week wrapped up Friday with a fury of filings. most notably for 35th District and Congressional races. Also, the order candidates will appear on the ballot in Mason County has been set.

In the 35th Legislative District, a third Republican filed on Friday for State Senator. George Sevier joins John (Wes) Martin and Marco Brown as GOP candidates, and Democrat Irene Bowling in challenging incumbent Democrat Tim Shelton.

Two Democrats filed Friday for 35th District State Representative Poslition 1. James Thomas of Shelton and Nik Grobins of Rochester are challenging incumbent Republican Dan Griffey.

In the 35th District State Representative Position 2 race, Democrate David Daggett is challenging incumbent Republican Drew MacEwen.

A third candidate entered the race for U.S. Representative in the 6th Congressional District. Tyler Myles Vega from Tacoma who prefers the Progressive Party joins Republican Douglas Dightman from Shelton in challenging incumbent Democrat Derek Kilmer.

A fourth candidate entered the 10th Congressional District race. Tamborine Borrelli from Yelm who prefers the Independent Progressive Party joins Yelm Republican Joseph Brumbles and Tacoma’s Nancy Dailey Slotnick from the Independent Centrist Party in challenging incumbent Democrat Denny Heck.

The only change for Mason County races is for Assessor. Patti McLean (states no party preference) is challenging incumbent Democrat Melody Peterson.

The ballot order was set Friday.

Here is the order the candidates for Mason County Commissioner District 3 will appear:

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Day 4 of Candidate Filing

Thursday, the fourth day of candidate filing week, saw another Republican entered the race for 35th District State Senator. There are now five running for Mason County District Court Judge. And a Democrat was the first to file for Mason County Auditor.

John (Wes) Martin is the second Republican to challenge incumbent Democrat Tim Sheldon for 35th Legistative District State Senator. The other Republican is Marco Brown. With Democrat Irene Bowling, that makes four peole vying for the seat.
Meanwhile, no one has yet to challenge incumbent Republians Dan Griffey or Drew MacEwen for their 35th District State Representative seats.

George A. Steele is the latest person to file for Mason County District Court Judge bringing the number of candidates for that seat to five. Steele joins Eric Valley, Eugene C. Austin, John R. Bonin and Stephen D. Greer in the race for the seat currently held by Victoria Meadows.

Paddy McGuire filed for Mason County Auditor. The Democrat was the first to file for the seat currently held by Karen Herr who is not seeking re-election.

There are now 20 candidates who have filed for U.S. Senator.

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Day 3 of Candidate Filing

Candidate filings slowed on Wednesday, the third day of candidate filing week.

Here are the most notable filings so far for Mason County:

Four people have filed for Mason County Commissioner District No. 3: Sharon Trask (Prefers Republican Party), Mary Jo Cady (Prefers G.O.P Party), Kathy Shaussee (Prefers Independent Party) and Kevin Schmelzlen (Prefers Democratic Party). Terri Drexler currently holds the commission seat and is not seeking re-election.

Four have filed for Mason County District Court Judge: Eric Valley, Eugene C. Austin, John R. Bonin and Stephen D. Greer.

Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury is being challenged by Darin Holand.

With the exception of Mason County Auditor, the incumbents for the other Mason County seats up for election this fall have filed to retain their positions.

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Day Two of Candidate Filing

The second day of candidate filing saw a two more incumbents file to retain their seats including Mason County Sheriff, the 35th District State Senator race draws a Republican, another enters the race for District Court Judge, and Congressional races get challengers.

Incumbent Democrat Casey Salisbury filed to retain his seat as Mason County Sheriff. Monday, Darin Holland filed for the position.

Republican Marco Brown filed for 35th District State Senator joining Democrat Irene Bowling in challenging incumbent Democrat Tim Sheldon.

Monty Cobb filed to stay Mason County Superior Court Judge Position 2. Cobb was appointed to the bench in March after the retirement of Toni Sheldon.

There are now four in the race for Mason County District Court Judge. Stephen D. Greer filed for the seat Tuesday joining Eric Valley, Eugene C. Austin and John R. Bonin.

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Day 1 of Candidate Filing

The first day of candidate filing netted 35 candidates for 20 offices including four for Mason County Commissioner District No. 3, three for Mason County District Court Judge, a man with no party preference for Mason County Sheriff and a Democrat will challenge Tim Sheldon for State Senate.

The four who entered the race for the Mason County Commission seat currenlty held by Terri Drexler are Sharon Trask (Prefers Republican Party), Mary Jo Cady (Prefers G.O.P. Party), Kathy Chaussee (Prefers Independent Party), and Kevin Schmelzlen (Prefers Democratict Party).

The three to file for the nonpartisan Mason County District Judge position currently held by Victoria Meadow are Eric Valley, Eugene C. Austin and John R. Bonin.

Darin Holland filed for Mason County Sheriff. Mr. Holland States No Party Preference in his declaration of candidacy for the seat currenlty held by Casey Salisbury.

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Candidate Filing Week Starts Monday

Those wanting to run for election office this fall can file for those seats beginning Monday. Deadline to file is close of business Friday.

Among the partisan positions up for election this year in Mason County are Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Commissioner (District 3), Coroner, Prosecutor, Sheriff, and Treasurer.

Nonpartisan County offices open for election are PUD 1 Commissioner (District 3), PUD 3 Commissioner (District 3), Superior Court Judge (Position 2), and District Court Judge.

For more information on filing for office in Mason County, contact the Mason County Auditor’s Office at (360) 427-9670 ext. 470 or from North Mason (360) 275-4467 ext. 470 or go online: www.co.mason.wa.us\elections.

State positions open for election are 35th District Legislative Representatives (Positions 1 and 2) and State Senator. 

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City Council Election Result Official

The results from the Shelton City Council election are now official. Friday morning, election officials in the Mason County Auditor’s Office released the final numbers.

Eric Onisko takes Council Member No. 4 over Jason Coots 903 votes (67.04%) to 444 votes (32.96%).
Deidre Peterson edged Marily Vogler 709 votes (52.44%) to 643 votes (47.56%) for Council Member No. 5.
Joe Schmit won Council Member No. 6 over Bailee Syrek 810 votes (59.43%) to 563 votes (40.57%).
Bob Rogers knocked off former Shelton City Commissioner Tracy Moore for Council Member No. 7. Rogers finished iwth 754 votes (54.36%) to 633 votes (45.64%).

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Candidate Filing Begins May 14th

Candidate filing for the 2018 election begins Monday, May 14th at 9:00 AM and ends Friday, May 18th at 4:00 PM. Those wishing to run for local office may file their Declarations of Candidacy in person at the Auditor’s office or online at www.co.mason.wa.us\elections.

Partisan Mason County offices open for election this year include Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Commissioner (District 3), Coroner, Prosecutor, Sheriff, and Treasurer.

Nonpartisan County offices open for election are PUD 1 Commissioner (District 3), PUD 3 Commissioner (District 3), Superior Court Judge (Position 2), and District Court Judge.

State positions open for election are 35th District Legislative Representatives (Positions 1 and 2) and State Senator. Candidates filing for state positions must file with the Secretary of State’s office.

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McGuire Announces Candidacy for Auditor

Paddy McGuire, a nationally recognized election expert, announced his candidacy for Mason County Auditor. McGuire is a resident of Harstine Island and seeks to ensure access to the ballot for all eligible Mason County citizens.

McGuire served as Oregon’s Deputy Secretary of State from 2000 to 2007, successfully implementing the first all vote-by-mail Presidential election and overseeing the development of the Oregon Centralized Voter Registration System.

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Stockwell Seeking Re-Election as Coroner

Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell has announced that he will seek re-election this fall.

Stockwell was first elected coroner in 2006. He is a 1976 Shelton High School graduate and a retired supervisor with the Washington State Patrol. He has a masters degree in public administration and cites his years of investigative and supervisory experience as having prepared him for his role as coroner.

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