Peninsula sees no more candidates file for positions

No additional candidates filed for countywide positions on the North Olympic Peninsula on Thursday.

Filing week ends today for the Nov. 8 election. Races with more than two candidates will become primary contests, with the top-two primary election culling the hopefuls down to two who face each other in the November general election.

Both state representative seats in District 24 are three-way contests. District 24 includes Clallam and Jefferson counties and part of Grays Harbor County.

Incumbent Mike Chapman, a Port Angeles Democrat, and challengers Matthew Rainwater of Port Angeles and Sue Forde of Sequim, both Republicans, have filed for the District 24 Position 1 seat.

Incumbent Steve Tharinger, a Port Townsend Democrat, challenger Darren Corcoran of Elma, also a Democrat, and Republican Brian Pruiett of Carlsborg have filed for the District 24 Position 2 seat.

A three-way contest also formed this week for the Jefferson County Commission seat that incumbent Greg Brotherton, a Quilcene Democrat, seeks to retain. He faces challenges from Marcia Kelbon, a Quilcene Republican, and Republican Jon S. Cooke of Quilcene.

The Clallam County Director of Community Development race has attracted four hopefuls.

Bruce Emery of Port Angeles added his name on Wednesday to a list that also includes Jesse Major, Kevin Russell and Cherie Kidd. The incumbent, Mary Ellen Winborn, is not running for re-election.

Two-way countywide 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.

• Brian King of Port Angeles, and Marc Titterness of Sequim, for the Clallam County sheriff post now held by Bill Benedict, who is not seeking re-election.

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

• Shoona Riggs, incumbent Clallam County auditor.

• 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.

• Bruce Hanify, incumbent Clallam County District Court 2 judge.

• Jeff Chapman, incumbent Jefferson County assessor.

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

• Amanda Hamilton for the County Clerk position long held by Ruth Gordon.

• 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.

Many 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 seeking re-election.

In-person filings will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through today 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. today.

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