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Races heat up: Local candidates file for office

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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Candidates running for local, state and federal offices made it official last week as the filing period closed.

With several candidates filing for both open county commissioner positions, Mason County residents will have to make a choice when they submit their ballots this November.

Independent Kelley Mcintosh, of Belfair, filed to run against incumbent independent Randy Neatherlin, also of Belfair, for Mason County Commissioner District 1.

Republican Kevin Shutty, of Union, Independent Steve Bloomfield, of Shelton, and Democrat Roslynne Reed, also of Shelton, all filed to run for Mason County Commissioner District 2.

The filing period was open for five days this past week — May 16 though May 20.

Tim Sheldon, who currently serves as District 3 commissioner, announced earlier this year he will not run again this fall.

Shutty and Bloomfield previously announced their candidacy.

Two people filed for both state representative positions for Legislative District 35.

Irene Bowling, of Silverdale, filed to run against incumbent Republican Dan Griffey, of Allyn, for State Representative Position 1.

Independent/Democrat Craig Patti, of Allyn, filed against incumbent Drew MacEwen, a Republican from Allyn.

In the race for Commissioner District 1 for Mason County PUD 1, Karl Denison, J. Michael Read and Mike Sheetz, all of Union, have filed to run.

Incumbent Linda Gott, Shelton, is running unopposed for Mason County

PUD 3's Commissioner District 1.

In the congressional race, five people have filed to run against Democrat incumbent Derek Kilmer for District 6: Mike Coverdale, Westport, with no party preference; Green Party member Tyler Vega, Port Townsend; Republican Todd Bloom, Tacoma; Republican Stephan Andrew, Tacoma; and Democrat Paul Nuchims, Manchester.

District 6 includes Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason and

Pierce counties.

In the congressional race for District 10, Republican Jim Postma of Steilacoom, Democrat Jennifer Ferguson of University Place, and Richard Boyce of Lakewood filed to run against incumbent Rep. Denny Heck, a Democrat from Olympia.

Both congressional races are two-year-terms.

Three Mason County Superior Court positions are open; Amber Finlay filed to run for Judge Position 1, Toni Sheldon filed to run for Position 2, and Daniel Goodell filed to run for Position 3. All three incumbents are running unopposed.

The state primary election will take place Aug. 2, and the general election will take place Nov. 8.

Candidates will only be listed on the primary if there are three or more candidates on the ballot.

A complete list of the candidates can be found on the Mason County Auditor's website at For questions, call the Mason County Election's Department at 427-9670, ext. 470.

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Original Publication Date: May 26, 2016

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