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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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Steve Van Denover Announces Bid for Auditor

Stephen (Steve) E. Van Denover announced Friday he will run for Mason County Auditor, the position currently held by Karen Herr. The three-term Auditor announced in December she would not seek re-election.

Van Denover will run as an Independent and says he wants the Auditor’s office to continue the tradition of providing essential services in a manner that ensures quality, accountability and accessibility.

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Sharon Trask Announces Bid for County Commission

Sharon Trask announced Friday she will run for Mason County Commissioner District 3, the seat currently held by Terri Drexler. Earlier this week, Drexler said she will not seek re-election this fall.

Trask currently works as a Legislative Assistance to a member of leadership in the State House of Representatives. She and her husband, Ted, moved to Mason County in 2004, own a small business and she sits on the board for Turning Pointe.

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Drexler Not Seeking Re-Election

Mason County Commissioner Terri Drexler announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election to her District 3 seat this fall. Drexler told MasonWebTV Powered by HCC, this is not a retirement.

The next General Electoin is November 6th (with an August 7th Primary), so why make the announcement now?

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Missing Postal Box on Mailing Draws Complaints

A missing box on a candidate’s mailing has drawn complaints and accusations of violating federal law. Candidate for Shelton City Council, Eric Onisko, used a United States Postal Service option to mail information to every address in the City but he forgot to include on his printings the small box – called an “indicia” – that indicates the flyer’s postage was paid.

Onisko assured MasonWebTV Powered by HCC the postage was paid.

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Ballots Mailed to Voters

Registered voters in the Pioneer, Hood Canal, Southside and Mary M. Knight school districts, and the City of Shelton have been mailed ballots for the February 13th Special Election.

The City of Shelton is holding a primary election for four seats on the newly formed City Council. There are 15 candidates running for the four seats and voters will decide the top two to advance to the April 24th General Election. The Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce, Hood Canal Communications and MasonWebTV Powered by HCC hosted a candidates forum with the City Council Candidates on January 17th.

The candidates are Eric Onisko, Jason Coots and Jessie (Jess) Mosley for Council Member No. 4; Marilyn Vogler, Deidre Peterson, David C. Brown and Josh Johnson for Council Member No. 5; Steve Thompson, Charles Orthmann, Bailee Syrek, Sam Pettis and Joe Schmit for Council Member No. 6; and Bob Rogers, Tracy Moore and Mary Eagleson for Council Member No. 7.

Pioneer and Hood Canal school districts are asking voters to approve 30-year $30 Million bonds to construct a Co-Operative High School.

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City Council Candidates Face Off

Most of the candidates running for four newly created Shelton City Council positions faced off Wednesday night. The Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce hosted the candidates’ forum at Olympic Middle School and 13 of the 15 candidates participated. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC was on hand to broadcast the forum.

For your convenience, here are individual videos for each race:

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