Sequim School Board draws primary contests

Candidates file to run for office on Tuesday

Two primary contests have shaped up in the Sequim School Board races on the second day of candidate filing week.

Incumbent Larry Jeffryes, who filed for re-election Monday, will run against Jim Shepherd and John Graham for the four-year Position 1, while fellow board member Maren Halvorsen is set to run against Derek Huntington and Dean Christian for the unexpired term of at-large Position 4 during the Aug. 1 primary.

Positions for which more than two candidates filed will be contested in the Aug. 1 primary election. The top two candidates for each position will appear on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.

Candidates who filed in Clallam County on Tuesday include the following:

Sequim School Board incumbent Michael Rocha will face off against Sandra Kellso for the four-year at-large Position 5.

Sequim School Board President and incumbent Eric Pickens is, as of Tuesday afternoon, running unopposed for four-year Position 3.

Clallam County Commissioner incumbent candidate Mark Ozias, a Democrat, filed Tuesday and was as of Tuesday unopposed for Clallam County Commissioner District 1.

At the Cape Flattery School District in Neah Bay, Cathy Walde registered on Tuesday to run for Position 4 of the Cape Flattery School Board and is also thus far running unopposed.

In the City of Forks, Jeff Gingell is seeking re-election for his position on the Forks City Council.

Board president of the Forks Community Hospital (Clallam County Hospital District 1) Sandy Schier filed Tuesday for re-election to the Position 4 seat.

Incumbent William Rhode filed for re-election to the Quillayute Valley School District Position 3.

In Joyce, Deandra Cowden filed to run for Position 3 in the Crescent School District.

On Monday, Dick Neal filed to run for Position 3 on the Clallam Parks & Recreation District 1 board.

Voters in both Jefferson and Clallam counties are able to vote for board positions for the Clallam County Fire District 3, which covers the western part of East Jefferson County.

Appointee Mike Mingee filed for Position 2 on this board.

John Lewis has filed to run for Position 2 on the Sunland Water District board.

Candidates who filed in Jefferson County on Tuesday include:

Judge Brandon Mack has filed to run for re-election to the Jefferson County Superior Court. Mack was appointed to the role by Gov. Jay Inslee in 2022.

In the Brinnon School District, incumbent Michelle Matheson is, so far, running unopposed for at-large Position 3.

Incumbent Terry Wood is seeking re-election to Position 3 on the Gardiner Cemetery District Board and Norman Johnson is running for Position 1 for the Coyle/Thorndyke Parks and Recreation District 1.

Timothy Hawley filed Monday to run for at-large Position 5 on the Port Townsend School District.

Filing week runs through Friday.


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