Three-way contest forms in Jefferson County

PORT TOWNSEND — A three-way contest has developed for a Jefferson County commissioner seat.

Ryan McAllister, 30, filed for the Position 3 seat Thursday as a Democrat. Greg Brotherton, Democrat, and Jon Cooke, the chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party, also are vying for the position. Incumbent Kathleen Kler, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election.

All three are from Quilcene.

Two of the three will move on from the top-two primary Aug. 7 to the general election Nov. 6. The top two vote-getters will go on to the general election regardless of party affiliation.

Other partisan offices also will be on the primary ballot; this race is the first to form with three contenders.

For the non-partisan office of Jefferson County Public Utility District (PUD) and judicial seats, candidates’ names will appear on the primary ballot only if three or more candidates file for the same office. The top two candidates will be on the general election ballot.

Also filing candidacy on Thursday was Michael Hass, 57, of Port Townsend running for re-election as county prosecuting attorney and coroner. Haas, a Democrat, is challenged by fellow Democrat James M. Kennedy, 37, of Port Ludlow, who filed Monday.

Three other county races have more than one candidate seeking the post so far.

• Sheriff, in which incumbent David Stanko, 70, of Port Townsend is challenged by Detective Joe Nole, 62, of Chimacum. Stanko filed with no party preference and Nole filed as a Democrat.

• District Court judge, in which Mindy Walker, 41, and Noah Harrison, 43, both of Port Townsend, have filed. Incumbent Jill Landes will not seek re-election. The race is nonpartisan.

• PUD commission, District 3, in which Daniel Toepper, 58, of Port Ludlow and Tom Brotherton, 72, of Quilcene have filed for the seat.

Incumbent Wayne King has not filed for re-election. The PUD race is nonpartisan

Today is the last day to file for office.

Earlier filings also included incumbents seeking reelection. They are Jefferson County Auditor Rose Ann Carroll, 68, Port Townsend; Jefferson County Assessor Jeffrey S. Chapman, 66, Port Townsend; Jefferson County Treasurer Stacie Prada, 47, Port Townsend; and Jefferson County Clerk Ruth Gordon, 64, Port Townsend.

Candidates also include Chapman, now a 24th District state representative, and Port Hadlock Republican Jodi Wilke, a licensed practical nurse who filed for Chapman’s state House Position 1 seat.

McEntire, also a Port of Port Angeles commissioner, is trying again to unseat four-term Democrat Steve Tharinger of Sequim, a 24th District Position 2 state representative who defeated McEntire in 2010 for the two-year position.

The 24th District covers Clallam and Jefferson counties and the northern half of Grays Harbor County.

Shelton Republican Dr. Douglass Dightman, a family medicine practitioner, filed for the two-year term held by 6th Congressional District Democratic U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, a Port Angeles native who filed for a fourth two-year term.

Supreme Court Justice position 2 incumbent Susan Owens is running for another six-year term. Justice Position 8 incumbent Steve Gonzales and Position 9 incumbent Sheryl Gordon McCloud also are running for re-election.

Court of Appeals Division 2, District 2 Judge Position 2 Rebecca Glasgow also has filed.

The last day candidates may withdraw their names is May 21.


Jefferson County Editor/Reporter Jeannie McMacken can be reached at 360-385-2335 or at