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Duenkel captures auditor race

A wave of post-election day ballot counts catapulted Steve Duenkel to a narrow victory in the Mason County auditor's race. Duenkel, the Republican challenger, trailed incumbent Democrat Paddy McGuire...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 17, 2022

Post-election day surge lifts Rhodes in clerk race

Mason County appears to be in line for a new clerk as Charles Rhodes leads in the race for clerk against incumbent Sharon Moore-Fogo on Monday’s updated vote count. Rhodes, a Republican challenger, has received 13,761 votes for 50.64% and leads by...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 17, 2022

Republicans win three 35th District races

Three Republicans will represent the 35th District in the state Legislature. The ballot count from the Nov. 8 general election released Monday gave Republican Drew MacEwen a lead over Democrat...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 17, 2022

Southside, Fire 17 levies pass; Fire 16 short

The Southside School District’s replacement levy and Mason County Fire Protection District 17’s levy passed, and Mason County Fire Protection District 16’s levy failed on the Nov. 8 ballot. The Southside School District’s replacement levy was...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 10, 2022

UPDATE: Challengers dominate second ballot count

WEB UPDATE: In Wednesday’s second ballot count, slightly more than 3,600 votes were added to results in Mason County, helping Republican challengers Steve Duenkel (auditor) and Charles Rhodes (clerk) to erase leads held by their incumbent Democrat...

 

UPDATE: Duenkel surges into Auditor's race lead

WEB UPDATE: Steve Duenkel took a seven-vote lead in the Mason County auditor's race after Wednesday's second ballot count. Wednesday's tally saw 3,630 additional votes counted in the race, allowing...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 10, 2022

UPDATE: Rhodes takes lead in Clerk's race

WEB UPDATE: Republican challenger Charles Rhodes leads incumbent Democrat Sharon Moore-Fogo by 124 votes after Wednesday’s second ballot count in the race for Mason County clerk. With Wednesday’s totals added in, Rhodes has 12,359 votes for...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 10, 2022

UPDATE: Republicans still lead in 35th District

WEB UPDATE: None of the 35th District races saw lead changes in Wednesday's second ballot count. The three Republican candidates maintained or expanded their respective leads. Republicans leading in...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 10, 2022

UPDATE: Mixed results for Mason County levies

WEB UPDATE: There were no lead or significant margin changes among the three levies in the county, nor the PUD 3 race after Wednesday’s second ballot count. Mixed results for Mason County levies In the initial election ballot count Tuesday evening,...

 

Questions for District Court candidate George Steele

1. Why are you running for office?  I have been honored to serve the people of Mason County as their District Court Judge since 2018. I seek re-election because it is an honor to serve our community. Also, I believe it is necessary to uphold the...

 

Five questions with Juli Tuson, Randy Lewis

Juli Tuson 1. What qualifications would you bring to the job of Mason PUD 3 commissioner? The PUD 3 Commissioners are the policy makers for the utility. In addition, they set rates and charges for service, approve the budget, and hire the manager....

 

Five questions for treasurer candidate Lisa Fraizer

1. Why are you running for office? I am honored to say that I am currently celebrating 42 years of public service to Mason County, the last 22 years serving Mason County as Treasurer.  I am running for office again, because I want to continue to...

 

Five questions with Sandy Kaiser, Travis Couture

Sandy Kaiser 1. Why are you running for office? I believe in hard work, love of family, community and country, and that everyone in our community deserves the same chance for success. For four generations, my family of loggers and farmers has called...

 

Five questions with Miguel Gutierrez, Sharon Trask

Miguel Gutierrez 1. What qualifications would you bring to the job of Mason County Commissioner? My whole life has prepared me for this position. I excelled in school, especially in history and government. I earned a B.A. in Political Science from...

 

Five questions for coroner candidate Jaime Taylor

1. Why are you running for office? I am running for the office of County Coroner because I believe I have the best qualifications for the job. I was born and raised in Mason County. This county is important to me, and I want to serve the citizens...

 

Five questions with Sharon Fogo, Charles Rhodes

Sharon Fogo 1. What qualifications would you bring to the job of Mason County Clerk? This is a tough, complicated job that has to be done correctly. There is little room for error and experience is essential to the task. I have worked in this office...

 

DeHart, Griffey answer questions

James DeHart 1. What are your top legislative priorities? My three priorities are: 1. Healthcare and Reproductive care: I am an official sponsor of I-1471 which will usher in universal healthcare. This initiative will ensure that no washingtonian...

 

Five questions for prosecutor candidate Michael Dorcy

1. Why do you want to be elected as county prosecutor? I started in criminal prosecution as a part-time Assistant City Attorney for the City of Shelton in 2000 when I was still a Rule 9 Intern in a position that also involved working in civil...

 

MacEwen, Gale answer questions

Julianne Gale 1. What qualifications would you bring to the job of state senator? I’m looking forward to bringing all my professional qualifications, life experiences, and community connections to the job of state senator. I have served on the...

 

Five questions with Paddy McGuire, Steve Duenkel

Paddy McGuire 1. Why are you running for the county auditor’s office? Serving as County Auditor for the last four years has been a pleasure and an honor, but I still have things that I want to accomplish. I am very proud of what we have done in my...

 

Five questions with sheriff candidate Ryan Spurling

1. Why did you decide to run for Sheriff?  There are five main reasons that I am running for Sheriff. I love our Communities in Mason County and I am committed to seeing your Sheriff’s Office meet the ever-changing challenges that society has plac...

 

Questions with George Blush, Patti McLean

Mason County Assessor Patti McLean, who states no party preference, faces Republican challenger George Blush for another term in the office. George Blush What qualifications would you bring to the job of Mason County Assessor? I have many years of...

 

Five questions with Derek Kilmer, Elizabeth Kreiselmaier

Derek Kilmer 1. Why are you running for office? I’ve been recognized as one of the Representatives most committed to bringing people together, even working with people with whom I disagree.  But a lot of people in our area are suffering now...

 

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