Five people have filed for five different positions during this week’s special three-day filing period for this fall’s election. The Mason County Auditor’s Office held the special filing period after no one filed for eight positions up for election. The top open position is Port of Allyn Commissioner District No. 3. Scott Cooper filed for that position currently held by Mason County Commissioner Randy Neatherlin.
A special three day candidate filing period will be held for the nine positions that no candidates filed during the regular filing period earlier this month. The special three day filing will occur at the Mason County Auditor’s Office, 411 N Fifth St, Shelton, during business hours (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) Tuesday, June 4 through Thursday, June 6, 2013. Online filing will not be available for this special three day filing period but candidates can email their completed and signed declaration to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to (360) 427-1753. Blank declarations are available on the Auditor’s website: www.co.mason.wa.us/auditor. All candidates that file during the special three day candidate filing period will appear on the November 5 General Election Ballot regardless of the number of candidates that file. Top position on the list for the special filing period is for Port of Allyn Commissioner District No. 3.
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.