Candidates filing for fall election in Clallam, Jefferson counties

Two file for Jefferson County seats on Tuesday

Two more candidates filed for positions on the North Olympic Peninsula on Tuesday, the second day of the official candidate filing week for the Nov. 8 general election.

Both were in Jefferson County. They are:

• Amanda Hamilton, a Port Townsend Democrat, for the County Clerk position long held by Democrat Ruth Gordon.

• County Commissioner Greg Brotherton, a Quilcene Democrat, who is challenged by Marcia Kelbon, a Quilcene Republican, who filed on Monday. Republican Jon S. Cooke has filed for the post with the state Public Disclosure Commission but not with the Secretary of State.

No more candidates filed Tuesday in Clallam County.

So far, two three-way races have formed on the Peninsula: the race for the Legislative District 24 Position 1 seat now held by Mike Chapman of Port Angeles and Clallam County’s Director of Community Development (DCD), the seat now held by Mary Ellen Winborn, who is not running for re-election.

Because both have more than two candidates vying for the posts, the Aug. 2 primary election vote will cull the field to two people running against each other in November.

Chapman’s two challengers are Matthew Rainwater of Port Angeles and Sue Forde of Sequim, both Republicans.

The three running for DCD are Jesse Major, Kevin Russell and Cherie Kidd.

Republican Brian Pruiett on Monday filed as a candidate for the District 24 Position 2 seat now held by Rep. Steve Tharinger of Port Townsend, a Democrat.

District 24 includes Clallam and Jefferson counties and part of Grays Harbor County.

County-wide only contests that have formed so far for the November general election are:

• Incumbent Bill Peach of Forks and Mike French, Port Angeles City Council member, for the Clallam County Commission District 3 seat.

• Incumbent Will Purser of Sequim and Key Hays of Sequim for a seat on the Clallam County Public Utility Commission.

• Incumbent Brotherton and Kelbon for the Jefferson County Commission.

• Incumbent Joe Nole and challenger Arthur Frank for Jefferson County Sheriff.

Filing without opposition at this point are:

• Pamela Rushton, incumbent Clallam County assessor.

• Mark Nichols, incumbent Clallam County prosecuting attorney.

• Jennifer L. White, seeking the Clallam County treasurer position now held by Teresa Marchi.

• Dave Neupert, incumbent Clallam County District Court 1 judge.

• Jeff Chapman, incumbent Jefferson County assessor.

• Brenda Huntingford for the Jefferson County auditor seat now held by Rose Ann Carroll.

• James M. Kennedy, incumbent Jefferson County prosecutor and coroner.

• Stacie Prada, incumbent Jefferson County treasurer.

• Mindy Walker, incumbent Jefferson County District Court judge.

• Jeff Randall, incumbent Jefferson County Public Utility District, District 1 seat.

Several people have filed for the 6th Congressional District seat now held by Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor and the U.S. Senate seat long held by Patty Murray of Seattle. Both are Democrats.

Kilmer faces opposition from Elizabeth Kreiselmaier, a Republican from Gig Harbor; Rebecca Parson, a Tacoma Democrat; and Chris Binns, a Republican living in Port Orchard.

Murray had nine challengers as of the end of the day on Tuesday. Republicans are Jon Guenther of Spokane, Bill Hirt of Bellevue, Tiffany Smiley of Richland and Leon Lawson of Shelton, who claimed Trump Republican as his party preference. Democrats are Ravin Pierre of Seattle and Bryan Solstin of Seattle. Independents are Charlie (Chuck) Jackson of Anacortes and Jon Butler of Tonasket. Dan Phan Doan of Seattle listed no party preference.

In-person filings are accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day through Friday at the Clallam County Auditor’s Office, 223 E. Fourth St., Room 42, Port Angeles, and the Jefferson County Auditor’s Office at Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend. Online filings will be accepted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day.

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