Category Archives: Election

Schmelzlen Announces Bid for County Commissioner

Kevin Schmelzlen announced this week he will run for Mason County Commissioner, District 3 – the seat currently held by Terri Drexler. In January, Drexler said she will not seek re-election. According to a news release, Schmelzlen is focusing his campaign around establishing a living-wage economy and building a culture of pride and action within the Mason County community.

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No Changes in Election Results

No significant changes in the latest results from Tuesday Special Election. Election officials in the Mason County Auditor’s Office counted 159 additional ballots Wednesday bringing the total returned to 2,007 and increasing the turnout to 33.58 percent.

In the races for Shelton City Council:

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Initial City Council Election Results

Live stream from the Mason County Auditor’s Office Election Processing room. Edited to feature (in order of appearance) Mason County Auditor Karen Herr, Joe Schmitt (received 59% of vote for Council Seat 6), Eric Onisko (received 66% of the vote for Council Seat 4), Marilyn Vogler (received 46% of vote for Council Seat 5) and Bob Rogers (received 55% of vote for Council Seat 7). .

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Watch Shelton City Council Candidates’ Debate

Watch the Shelton City Council Candidates Debate live from Olympic Middle School presented by the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce, Hood Canal Communications and MasonWebTV Powered by HCC.

The debate starts at 6 PM and feature the following candidates:

Eric Onisko and Jason Coots for City of Shelton Council Member No. 4

Marilyn Vogler and Deidre Peterson for City of Shelton Council Member No. 5

Bailee Syrek  and Joe Schmit for City of Shelton Council Member No. 6

Tracy Moore and Bob Rogers for City of Shelton Council Member No. 7

Each candidate will answer questions prepared by the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee, prepare questions for their opponent to answer and field questions from the audience.

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Shelton Chamber Holding Candidates’ Debate

The Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce, Hood Canal Communications and MasonWebTV Powered by HCC are holding a Shelton City Council candidates’ debate Monday night at Olympic Middle School. The debate will start at 6 PM and feature the following candidates:

Eric Onisko and Jason Coots for City of Shelton Council Member No. 4

Marilyn Vogler and Deidre Peterson for City of Shelton Council Member No. 5

Bailee Syrek  and Joe Schmit for City of Shelton Council Member No. 6

Tracy Moore and Bob Rogers for City of Shelton Council Member No. 7

Each candidate will answer questions prepared by the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee, prepare questions for their opponent to answer and field questions from the audience.

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Watch Shelton City Council Candidate Forum

Watch the League of Women Voters of Mason County’s Shelton City Council Candidates speed dating forum. Beginning at 6:30 PM, each candidate will be given two minutes to introduce themselves before going to separate tables to answer questions directly from those in attendance. After eight minutes of questions and answers, the candidates will move to another table. This process will continue until each candidate has been to every table. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC will broadcast from one table as each candidate comes to that table for their Q & A.

The candidates:

Eric Onisko and Jason Coots for City of Shelton Council Member No. 4

Marilyn Vogler and Deidre Peterson for City of Shelton Council Member No. 5

Bailee Syrek  and Joe Schmit for City of Shelton Council Member No. 6

Tracy Moore and Bob Rogers for City of Shelton Council Member No. 7

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REALTORS Endorse Onisko, Peterson, Schmit, Rogers

The Mason County Association of REALTORS® (MCAR), one of the county’s largest business organizations with its more than 100 members, has endorsed four candidates for Shelton City Council in the upcoming special election on April 24, 2018. The Association endorsements are:

City of Shelton Council Member 4 – Eric Onisko

City of Shelton Council Member 5 – Deidre Peterson

City of Shelton Council Member 6 – Joe Schmit

City of Shelton Council Member 7 –  Bob Rogers

The endorsement decisions follow comprehensive candidate interviews held on March 14, 2018 with the local organization’s five-member Government Affairs interview committee in Shelton.

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Special Election Ballots Sent Overseas; Remaining in Mail April 3rd

Ballots for the April 24th Special Election that includes four races for Shelton City Council and a Southside School District levy have already been mailed to registered voters overseas and in the military. According to Mason County Auditor Karen Herr, this advance mailing provides those voters with ample time to receive their ballots and return them in a timely manner.

Ballots will be mailed to Mason County voters on April 3rd. Those in the City and Southside School District must return their ballots via a ballot drop box by 8:00 p.m. on Election Night or by mail which must be postmarked by Election Day, April 24th, in order to be counted.

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Kathy Chaussee Announces Bid For County Commissioner

Longtime Mason County employee, Kathy Chaussee, has announced she will run for Mason County Commissioner District 3 – the seat currently held by Terri Drexler.

Chaussee has spent the past 17 years working for the County as an accountant in both the Mason County Auditor’s office and Community Services which she says gives her knowledge of the County’s budget structure.

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Updated Election Results as of 12 PM 2/14/18

Wednesday, the Elections Department in the Mason County Auditor’s Office counted 654 additional ballots from Tuesday’s election and there were slight changes in the results.

For Shelton City Council Member No. 4, Eric Onisko picked up a few votes and now leads with 606 votes or 46.4 percent. Jason Coots follows with 404 votes or 30.93 percent. And Jess Mosely now 296 votes or 22.66 percent.

The top two candidates for Shetlon City Council Member No. 5 are still Marilyn Vogler (now with 35.23% or 458 votes) and Deidre Peterson (now with 28.77% or 374 votes). Josh Johnson now trails Peterson by 74 votes (23.08% or 300 votes). And the fourth candidate in the race, David Brown, now has 12.82% or 168 votes.

The latest number for the five running for Shelton City Council Member No. 6 still shows Bailee Syrek as the leader now with 30.18 percent of the vote (379 votes). Followed by Joe Schmit who now has 26.75 percent (336 votes). Sam Pettis trails Schmitt by 57 votes with 22.21 percent (279 votes). Steve Thompson has 12.74 percent (160 votes). And Charles Orthmann has 8.12 percent (102 votes).

Tracy Moore has increased her lead on Bob Rogers to 41-votes in the race for Shelton City Council Member No. 7. Moore now has 44.86 percent (581 votes) to Rogers’ 41.7 percent (540 votes). The third candidate in the race, Mary Eagleson, now has 13.44 percent (174 votes).

WIth few ballots remaining to be counted, Onsiko and Coots will advance to the April General Election in the Council Member No. 4 race; Vogler and Peterson will face off for Council Member No. 5; Syrek will take on Schmitt for Council Member No. 6; and Moore and Rogers are the top two candidates in the race for Council Member No. 7.

There is still an even split in the Hood Canal and Pioneer school districts when it comes to building a fourth high school in the county but the construction bonds for a cooperative high school are coming up short of the 60 percent needed to pass.
The latest numbers now show Pioneer voters are slightly in favor of the measure with 1,586 voting to approve (50.91%) and 1,529 voting to reject (49.09%).
In the Hood Canal School District, 51.9 percent of the voters (1,009 votes) are in favor of the construction bond while 48.1 percent (935 votes) are against.
But again the measure needs 60 percent from both Districts to pass.

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