Category Archives: Election

Watch Speed Dating Candidates Forum

Watch the League of Women Voters of Mason County’s Speed Dating Candidates Forum. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC will be broadcasting from one table. Opening statements from each candidate will begin at 6:30 PM.

The candidates: 

Mason County Commission District 3
Kevin Schmelzlen
Sharon Trask

Mason County Assessor
Melody Peterson
Patti McLean

Mason County Sheriff
Casey Salisbury
Darin Holland

Mason County District Court Judge
George A. Steele
Eric Valley

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Speed Dating Candidates Forum Thursday

The League of Women Voters of Mason County is holding their “Speed Dating” Candidates Forum Thursday in the Mason PUD 3 Auditorium. The League will set up eight tables – one for each candidate in the races for Mason County Commissioner, Mason County Assessor, Mason County Sheriff and Mason County District Court Judge. After opening statements, each candidate will be directed to a table and answer questions directly from those at that table. After a set period of time, the candidate will move to the next table. This process will continue until each candidate has visited each table. This “Speed Dating” forum is open to the public. All attendees are encouraged to participate and ask questions.

MasonWebTV Powered by HCC will broadcast live from one table.

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PUD 1 Opposes Carbon Emissions Fee Measure

At their September 25th regular board meeting, the commission of Mason County PUD No. 1 unanimously passed a resolution opposing Initiative 1631, the “Carbon Emissions Fee Measure”.

Discussion centered around the ambiguity of the rule making process and concern that, as with other initiatives, that process could drastically alter the original intent of this initiative. Onerous regulation and compliance requirements were also discussed.

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PUD 3 Discusses Carbon Fee Initiative

[VIDEO] One of the Initiatives you will find on the November 6th General Election Ballot is Initiative 1631 – the carbon fee initiative. This measure would charge pollution fees on sources of greenhouse gas pollutants and use the revenue to reduce pollution, promote clean energy, and address climate impacts, under oversight of a public board. Mason PUD 3’s Joel Myer and Lynn Eaton researched the initiative and made the following presentation to the PUD 3’s Commission Tuesday.

The PUD’s staff says the initiative has some good things, some questionable things and some unknown things.

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Watch North Mason Candidates Debate

Watch the North Mason Candidates Debate presented by the North Mason Chamber of Commerce, the North Mason Community Voice and MasonWebTV Powered by HCC. This debate at Faith In Action’s HUB Center for Seniors will feature the candidates running for 35th District Senator, 35th District State Representative Position 1 & 2, Mason County Assessor, Mason County Auditor, Mason County Commissioner District 3, Mason County Sheriff and Mason County District Court Judge. Moderator is Joel Myer.

The candidates scheduled to appear:

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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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