24th Legislative District candidate forum set today in Sequim

Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — The Clallam County League of Women Voters will sponsor a debate between the incumbent and challenger for a 24th Legislative District seat today.

Incumbent Steve Tharinger, D-Sequim, and challenger Thomas Greisamer, R-Moclips,) will be the focus of the forum from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Shipley Center (Sequim Senior Activity Center), 921 E. Hammond St.

The two are vying for the Position 2 seat of the 24th Legislative District, which covers Clallam and Jefferson counties and a portion of Grays Harbor County, in the Nov. 4 general election.

Charter review

All Charter Review Commission candidates from District 1 have been invited to introduce themselves. Candidates from other districts will be invited to other forums.

Fliers will be distributed explaining what the Charter Review Commission does, and attendees will have the opportunity to speak individually with candidates present.

Tharinger, 65, is seeking a third two-year term.

Greisamer, 73, is a retired forensic psychiatrist who last worked for the state Department of Corrections.

He has never before held nor sought elective office.

In the general election, five charter review commissioners will be elected from each of the three county commissioner districts.

Those 15 people will review the county's charter, which is its “constitution.”

They will serve for one year in the unpaid positions to review the charter, propose amendments or review public initiatives for amendments.

Clallam County is one of six counties in the state that operate under a home-rule charter, unlike most Washington counties where procedures are dictated by the Legislature.

Thirteen candidates have filed for District 1, which extends from the eastern county line to Boyce Road in Carlsborg.

In District 2 — the area between Boyce Road and Valley Creek in Port Angeles — 17 have filed.

District 3, which covers the West End beginning at Valley Creek in Port Angeles, has 11 candidates.

Other forums

The league will announce other general election forums by Sept. 1, representatives said.

Other November contests will include races for the county director of community development, Clallam County District Court 1 judge, state Supreme Court justice Position 7 and state initiatives.

Last modified: August 16. 2014 5:29PM
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