League of Women Voters plans candidate forums this summer

Deadline slated for questions from public

PORT TOWNSEND — The League of Women Voters-Jefferson County is seeking questions from the public for its upcoming July candidate forums.

General elections are Nov. 8. Races with more than two candidates will become primary contests, with the top-two primary election culling the hopefuls down to two who will face each other in the November general election.

On Monday, July 11, the league’s forum will feature Jefferson County Sheriff Joe Nole and his challenger Art Frank.

On Tuesday, July 12, the forum will spotlight five of the six primary election candidates for the two state representative seats in Legislative District 24, which covers Jefferson and Clallam counties and part of Grays Harbor County.

Both races will have primary contests.

Position 1 incumbent Mike Chapman, a Port Angeles Democrat, and Matthew Rainwater, a Port Angeles Republican, are expected to attend. Position 1 candidate Sue Forde, a Sequim Republican, has told the league she is unable to participate due to a prior commitment.

Position 2 incumbent Steve Tharinger, a Port Townsend Democrat, and challengers Darren Corcoran, a Democrat from Elma, and Brian Pruiett, a Carlsborg Republican, are expected to attend.

On Wednesday, July 13, the league’s last forum of the primary season will focus on candidates for Jefferson County Commissioner, District 3: Incumbent Greg Brotherton, a Quilcene Democrat; and Jon Cook and Marcia Kelbon, both Quilcene Republicans.

That seat also will have a primary contest.

Links to the forums — which can be accessed by computer, tablet or phone — will be posted on the League’s website at https://lwvwa.org/Jefferson on July 1. All the forums will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Questions for the forums can be submitted to lwvjeffcowa@gmail.com no later than noon July 8.

“Concise, unbiased questions directly related to the candidates’ positions and policies will be given priority, and similar questions will be combined,” the league said in a press release.

“We strive to ensure that questions reflect a wide range of concerns from our county’s multiple constituencies.”

KPTZ 91.9 FM will simulcast the forums and livestream them at https://kptz.org.

The forums will be recorded, edited solely for brevity and eventually linked on the League’s website.

For more information about upcoming elections, see the Jefferson County Auditor’s Office’s website at co.jefferson.wa.us/1266/Elections.