Voter forums set for Clallam PUD, District 24 races

The Clallam County League of Women Voters has organized virtual candidate forums for primary election races for a Clallam County Public Utility District seat and two Legislative District 24 positions.

Primary election ballots will go out on July 22. The top two voter-getters will go on to the November general election on Nov. 3.

The deadline for emailing [email protected] with concise questions for the candidates is 5 p.m. the day before the forum, although questions also will be taken during the online forum. When submitting forum questions via email, include your full name and on the subject line say if the question is for Candidate Forum 1, 2 or 3.

Each of the three Zoom forums are at 6 p.m. Those who prefer to call in, can dial 1-253-215-8782 for each forum.

During the forums, candidates in attendance will be invited to provide their qualifications, their reasons for running and their goals if elected, as well as answer questions from voters.

The forum schedule can be found at

Thursday’s forum for the Clallam County Public Utility District 2 seat can be accessed at The meeting ID is 838-3598-2383. The password is 602682.

On the ballot are four candidates: Neil Knutson, Marty Michaelis, Patti Morris and Rick Paschall. Michaelis has declined. The rest have confirmed they will participate.

On July 23, the league will host a live forum for Legislative District 24, Position 1. Access the forum at The meeting ID is 839-1866-1039. The password is 893997.

Candidates include incumbent Mike Chapman, a Port Angeles Democrat; Sue Forde, a Sequim Republican; and Daniel Charles Svoboda, a Port Hadlock Republican. Forde has declined participate in the forum but the rest have confirmed they will.

On July 30, the league will host a live forum for Legislative District 24, Position 2. Access the forum at The meeting ID is 836-9253-8571. The password is 650097.

Candidates are incumbent Steve Tharinger, a Port Townsend Democrat; Darren Corcoran, an Elma Democrat; Brian Pruiett, a Carlsborg Republican; and Jodi Wilke, a Port Townsend Republican. All have confirmed but for Corcoran, who has declined to participate.

Each forum will be recorded and will be made available for viewing shortly after the event on the League’s website at

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