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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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Process Started to Recall Cronce & McDowell

Friday afternoon, a citizen group, led by Mike Olsen, started the process that could lead to the recall vote of Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce and City Commissioner Kathy McDowell. Olsen delivered statements of charges to the Mason County Auditor’s Office that explain the violations by each City Commissioner they believe warrant a recall. Olsen spoke with reporters prior to submitting the statements, explaining why he feels a recall is necessary after months of public testimony requesting both to resign:

There are three violations in the statement of charges against Mayor Cronce. The first violation is Cronce using a city owned computer to solicit campaign contributions. The second violation is the Mayor reading a prepared statement into the record of a City Commission meeting advising citizens to vote against a proposition to change the form of city government. And the third violation against Cronce is the only violation alleged against McDowell and relates to the two discussing city business using Facebook and email outside of an open public meeting.

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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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Election Results for Schools and City Council

Initial results from Tuesday’s election show the proposed cooperative high school and Southside’s levy failing, Mary M. Knight’s levy passing and close races for Shelton City Council.

For Shelton City Council Member No. 4, Eric Onisko leads with 47.06 percent of the vote or 529 votes. Jason Coots follows with 29.54 percent or 332 votes. And Jess Mosely trails Coots by 69 votes, garnering 23.4 percent or 263.

The top two candidates for Shetlon City Council Member No. 5 are Marilyn Vogler (36.05% or 403 votes) and Deidre Peterson (28.89% or 323 votes). Josh Johnson trails Peterson by 82 votes (21.56% or 241 votes). And the fourth candidate in the race, David Brown, has 13.51% or 151 votes.

Of the five running for Shelton City Council Member No. 6, Bailee Syrek is the leader with 30.9 percent of the vote (335 votes). Followed by Joe Schmit with 27.03 percent (293 votes). Sam Pettis trails Schmitt by 62 votes with 21.31 percent (231 votes). Steve Thompson has 12.83 percent (139 votes). And Charles Orthmann has 7.93 percent (86 votes).

Tracy Moore has a 32-vote lead on Bob Rogers in the race for Shelton City Council Member No. 7. Moore has 44.53 percent (497 votes) to Rogers’ 41.67 percent (465 votes). The third candidate in the race, Mary Eagleson, has 13.8 percent (154 votes).

If the numbers stand, 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 a close to 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.
Initial numbers show Pioneer voters are slightly against the measure with 1,433 voting to approve (49.93%) and 1,437 voting to reject (50.07%). That is a four-vote difference.
In the Hood Canal School District, 51.09 percent of the voters (913 votes) are in favor of the construction bond while 48.94 percent (875 votes) are against.
But again the measure needs 60 percent from both Districts to pass.

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Local Names Missing From Voter Rolls

Washington State’s Department of Licensing announced Tuesday that a malfunction within the agency’s software system prevented thousands of DOL customers who thought they had registered to vote from becoming registered. According to the Mason County Auditor’s Office, 75 of those people are in Mason County and many of them are eligible to vote in next week’s election.

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