Category Archives: Election

Two Enter Shelton School Board Race

Last week’s special three-day candidate filing period saw two people enter the race for Shelton School Board Director District No. 2.

Ross Gallagher
Dan Cooling

Ross Gallagher and Dan Cooling both file for the two-year unexpired term the morning of June 20th. In April, Ginger Seslar, who was elected to the seat two years ago, resigned from the position. During May’s original candidate filing week, Brian Major filed for the seat but withdrew from the race on May 22nd, resulting in no one running and the need for a special filing period.Voters in the Shelton School District will decide between Gallagher and Cooling in the General Election.

That Shelton School Board position was not the only seat without candidates after the May filing week.

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Special Three Day Candidate Filing Period

The Mason County Auditor’s Elections Department announces a Special Three Day Filing Period – June 20-22, 2017, for the offices no candidates filed for during the regular filing period. This includes Shelton School Board Director District #2, Fire District 1 Commissioner Position 1, Tahuya Water District Commissioner Position 3, and all three seats on the Cemetery District No. 1 Commission.

Candidates can file online via the website www.co.mason.wa.us/elections or in person at the Elections Department at 411 N 5th St., Shelton during business hours, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. during those three days.

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Applicants Sought for Shelton School Board

The Shelton School District Board of Directors invites individuals to apply for the open Director District #2 school board position. The term of the appointment runs until November 2019, unless an individual files for the open position with the Mason County Elections Department during their special 3-day filing period on June 20-22, 2017. If an individual files for the position during the special filing period they would be on the November 2017 ballot and would fill the 2-year unexpired term through November 2019. The individual appointed would fill the position just until the November 2017 election. Interested individuals are encouraged to file during the open filing period.

The Shelton School Board Director District #2 position was most recently held by Ginger Seslar who resigned from the board in April. In May, Brian Major filed for the seat during candidate filing week. However. Major withdrew from the race on May 22nd.

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Candidate Filing Week Ends

Candidate filing week ended Friday with 66 people declaring for 55 offices. Eight of those positions have two or more candidates including the race for City of Shelton Commissioner of Streets and Public Improvement which netted four candidates.

Kevin Dorcy, Erick Onisko, Jacob Dreifus and incumbent Tracy Moore filed for the City Commission seat and will appear on the August Primary Election Ballot. A lot draw was held Friday and this is how the candidates will appear on the ballot:

Jacob Dreifus
Kevin Dorcy
Tracy Moore
Eric Onisko

Among the races that have two candidates is the Port of Allyn Commissioner District No. 2 seat. Ted Jackson and Houston M. Hamilton are vying for the position currently held by Jean Farmer who decided not file for re-election.

Other Port Commission races:

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Fourth Day of Candidate Filing

The fourth day of candidate filing found six more candidates filing bringing the total so far this week to 56 people filing for 47 offices.

Notable filings on Thursday included Tommy Thombs filing to retain his Public Hospital District 2 Commissioner Position No. 2 seat.

Incumbent Ginny Beech filed for Pioneer School Board Position No. 3.

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Third Day of Candidate Filing

Wednesday was the third day of candidate filing and another 11 people filed for this fall’s election bringing the total to 50 candidates filing for 42 offices.

Among the notable filings from day three is Mike Sammons filing for North Mason School Board Director District No. 2 challenging incumbent Leanna Krotzer who filed Monday.

Gary Hedger entered the race for Hood Canal School Board Position No. 4 joining Teddie L. Hamby in seeking the seat currently held by Roslynne Reed.

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Second Day of Candidate Filing

During the second day of candidate filing (Tuesday, May 16, 2017), 12 additional people filed for this fall’s election bringing the two-day total to 39 candidates who have filed for 34 offices.

Tuesday’s filings include incumbent Tracy Moore joining Kevin Dorcy, Erick Onisko and Jacob Dreifus in the race for City of Shelton Commissioner of Streets and Public Improvement.

Ted Jackson and Houston M. Hamilton filed for Port of Allyn Commissioner District No. 2, the seat currently held by Jean Farmer.

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First Day of Candidate Filing

On the first day of candidate filing (Monday, May 15, 2017), 27 people filed for 25 offices with three filing for City of Shelton Commissioner of Streets and Public Improvement.

Kevin Dorcy, Eric Onisko and Jacob Dreifus filed for the City Commisson seat currently held by Tracy Moorewho told MasonWebTV Powered by HCC she will be filing later this week.

Sharon (Moore) Fogo filed to retain her Mason County Clerk seat. This is the only County wide position up for election this fall and the only partisan seat. Fogo prefers the Democratic Party.

Other significant filings:

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Next Week Is Candidate Filing Week

Candidate filing week runs May 15th to May 19th. Those interested in running for one of the 60 seats up for election this fall can file their Declaration of Candidacy beginning Monday morning. You can file online or in person at the Mason County Auditor’s office. Online filing is available 24 hours a day beginning at 9 AM Monday and closes at 4 PM Friday. If you wish to file in person, you can do so during regular business hours (8:30 AM and 4:30 PM) Monday through Friday.

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Kristy Buck Announces Re-Election Bid

Friday, Kristy Buck announced she will seek re-election to her Port of Shelton Commission, Position 3 seat. In her announcement, Buck stated, “I have really enjoyed my time on the Commission, and would very much like to continue to work on the issues and celebrate the successes for the Port of Shelton.”

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