Commissioner, judge forum tonight in Port Angeles

Candidates will discussion issues during event.

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County commission and Superior Court judge candidates will speak at a forum tonight.

The League of Women Voters of Clallam County will host the forum from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the county commissioners’ meeting room (Room 160) at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

District 2 county commissioner candidates are Randy Johnson of Port Angeles, who filed with no party preference, and Ron Richards, a Port Angeles Democrat.

Candidates for Superior Court judge Position 2 are Brian Coughenour, who was appointed to the post in 2015, and Dave Neupert, a district court pro tem who retired from Platt Irwin Law Firm in December, both of Port Angeles.

A third forum is slated from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. This forum, which will be in the commissioners’ meeting room at the courthouse, will feature candidates for the 24th Legislative District state Senate seat and candidates for the 6th Congressional District seat. The 6th District includes the North Olympic Peninsula.

Rep. Kevin Van de Wege, a Sequim Democrat, and Danille Turissini of Port Ludlow, who filed as an “independent GOP” candidate, are seeking the Senate seat.

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, a Gig Harbor Democrat, is challenged by Todd A. Bloom, a Tacoma Republican.

Members of the Clallam County League of Women Voters will video-record each forum, with links on their website.

The league’s fourth and final event will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the Carver Room of the Port Angeles Library to get “for” and “against” information about the six initiatives on the November ballot.

The initiatives are: I-732 Carbon Emission Tax, I-735 Propose Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, I-1433 Concerns Labor Standards (Minimum Wage), I-1464 Concerns Elections and Lobbying Accountability of Washington, I-1501 Vulnerable Criminal Protection and I-1491 Extreme Risk Protection Orders.

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