Election filing ended Friday with 79 people filing for the 64 positions up for election this fall. Five races have more than two candidates, meaning there will be primary elections in the City of Shelton, Port of Shelton, Mason County Fire District 3, Mason County Fire District 5 and Trails End Water District on August 6th.
Ten more people filed their declarations for candidacy Thursday in the Mason County Auditor’s Office. Two of the most interesting filings were Kristy Buck entering the race for Port of Shelton Commission Position 3 and Ross Gallagher – former Mason County Commissioner and Shelton School Board Member – filing for Shelton School Board Position 1.
Declarations of candidacy for this fall’s election slowed during the second and third days of candidate filing. As of the close of business on Wednesday, a total of 50 candidates had filed. Some of the filings the last two days include James (Jim) Carnahan for Shelton School Board Position 1; John (Wes) Martin for Grapeview School Board Position #2; Pamela Berger for Grapeview School Board Position #3; Steve Messman for Mary M Knight School Board Director District #1; Paula Flint for Southside School Board Position #4; and Mike Felton for Pioneer School Board Position #5.
Ginger Brooks filed to retain her seat as Mason County Clerk.
Candidate filing for this fall’s election begins Monday, May 13th and runs through 4 PM Friday, May 17th. There are 64 positions up for election in Mason County during this “off year” election. Among the top positions are Mason County Clerk, City of Shelton Commissioner of Streets and Public Improvement, Public Hospital District 1 Commissioner Position #1, two seats on Public Hospital District 2 Commission, Port of Shelton Commissioner Position 3, and Port of Allyn Commissioner District #3 along with openings on every School Board, Fire District Commission, Water District Commission, and the other Port District Commissions in the County.
Ballots for the Special Election for voters in the Grapeview and North Mason School Districts and in Mason County Fire District 6 are due tonight (Tuesday, April 23, 2013). The deadline to drop ballots in one of the drop boxes or at the Mason County Auditor’s Office is 8 PM. If mailing in your ballot, it must have today’s postmark to be counted. Results will be released after 8 PM.
After seeing voters reject its $12.5 Million bond by one vote, the Grapeview School District plant to try again in April. The measure requires a 60% approval and came up short after all ballots from the February 12th Election were counted. The bond ended up with 59.94% voting to approve. That’s 594 voting for and 397 voting against.
Jay Hupp has announced he will seek re-election to the Port of Shelton Commission this year. In his re-election statement, Hupp outlined some of the accomplishments during his first term which includes businesses at the Port’s Johns Prairie property now being served by city water and the Port-sponsored Foreign Trade Zone sites now having an expanded availability to businesses throughout the county. He also pointed out that in spite of a difficult economy, very few businesses at the Port have closed in the past five years while several new ones have opened and there is a healthy growth trend in several others.