Primary ballots mailed today

Primary election ballots will be mailed to registered voters in Clallam and Jefferson counties today.

Voters will make choices in state, regional and county races in the Aug. 4 primary election. The top two in each race will face off in the Nov. 3 general election.

In Clallam County, ballots will have a contest among four contenders for a public utility district seat: Patty Morris of Port Angeles, Marty Michaelis of Sequim, Rick Paschall of Sequim and Neil Knutson.

Also on the Clallam County ballot is a levy lid lift for Clallam County Fire District 2.

In Jefferson County, voters will be asked to choose one of three Democrats for the District 2 seat on the county commission. Candidates are Heidi Eisenhour of Port Hadlock, Lorna Smith of Cape George and Amanda Rae Funaro of Port Hadlock.

Voters in Legislative District 24, Position 1 district will choose among incumbent Mike Chapman of Port Angeles, a Democrat; Sue Forde of Sequim, a Republican; and Daniel Charles Svoboda of Port Hadlock, Trump Republican Party.

Voters in Legislative District 24, Position 2 district will choose among incumbent Steve Tharinger of Port Townsend, a Democrat, Darren Corcoran of Elma, a Democrat; and Republican Jodi Wilke of Port Townsend, who has listed her residence as Carlsborg; and Brian Pruiett of Carlsborg.

This primary, Congressman Derek Kilmer is opposed by a member of his own party, as well as several Republicans.

The Gig Harbor Democrat is challenged by Democrat Rebecca Parson of Tacoma, Elizabeth Kreiselmaier of Gig Harbor, Chris Welton of Bremerton, Stephen Brodhead of Tacoma and Johny Alberg of Olalla.

Monday, July 27, is the deadline for registering online or by mail, transferring voter registration from another Washington county or updating current voter registration. Registrations sent by mail need to be received (not postmarked) by Aug. 4.

Registrations and updates can be completed at www.votewa.gov, or by contacting Clallam County Elections at 360-417-2221 or Jefferson County Elections at 360-385-9119.

New registrations and updates can be made in person at auditors’ offices in both counties. Neither are open for in-person services because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so those needing assistance are asked to call the elections office to make appointments as needed.

An Online Voters’ Guide is available at www.votewa.gov; printed voter pamphlets are not produced for primaries.

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