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  • Voter mistake causes delay, but ballot was still counted

    June Williams|Apr 4, 2024

    A Mason County resident who contacted the Journal about his uncounted March 12 presidential primary ballot says its now been tabulated. Scott Gordon said the delay was because he mistakenly signed his wife’s return envelope. “I appreciate everybody looking into it,” Gordon said in a voice message. Mason County Auditor Steve Duenkel’s investigation showed the ballot arrived at the elections department Feb. 21 and was counted in the results for the March 12 presidential primary. When Gordon checked the status of his ballot through the Mason C...

  • Gilmore edging Frazier for City Council seat

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 16, 2023

    The updated results of the Nov. 7 general election show Tom Gilmore with a 49-vote edge over Mark Frazier for the member 5 position on the Shelton City Council, and the Hood Canal School District's $33.5-million building bond falling short. Those are the numbers from the ballot count the Mason County Auditor's Office released Monday. The next ballot count is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday. The results are slated to be certified on Nov. 28. Of the 44,701 registered voters in Mason County, 15,255...

  • Incumbents leading in Shelton school races

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 9, 2023

    Two incumbents on the Shelton School Board were winning big on the first ballot count Tuesday night, while a third incumbent was holding a solid lead. The results of the second ballot count were released by the Mason County Auditor’s Office at 5 p.m. Wednesday, after the Journal went to press. School Board President Keri Davidson, in her bid to retain Director Position 2, received 1,895 votes for 66.58%. Challenger Tommy Stearns received 936 votes for 32.80%. “I am very thankful and appreciative of all the voters,” Davidson wrote to the Journ...

  • ELECTION UPDATE

    Journal Staff|Nov 9, 2023

    A second ballot count by the Mason County elections office on Wednesday afternoon saw no significant changes from Tuesday’s initial count. Aside from a few minor percentage point shifts, no candidate leads changed from the initial count. The closest race involves the Shelton City Council Position 5 race between Tom Gilmore and Mark Frazier. Gilmore leads 592 (51.08%) to 557 (48.06). There were 10 write-in votes. Gilmore led by 28 votes in the initial count. Other close races include: Shelton School Board Director District No. 2 where i...

  • Blush, Stearns win City Council seats

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 9, 2023

    In three Shelton City Council races on Tuesday's ballot, the longest-serving member was handily defeated by a fellow lifelong Shelton resident, a downtown businessman was elected after losing a council race two years ago by five votes, and a third contest was too close to call on the initial count. Results from the second ballot count were released by the Mason County Auditor's Office at 5 p.m. Wednesday, after the Journal went to press. Updates are available on the Journal's website. Melissa...

  • Stevens has decisive lead in judicial race

    June Williams|Nov 9, 2023

    Challenger David Stevens appears to be the new Mason County Superior Court Judge, if early election results hold. Stevens, Mason County senior deputy felony prosecutor, is beating his opponent, Judge Cadine Ferguson-Brown, in the first ballot count after polls closed Tuesday with 6,194 votes for 57.24% to Ferguson-Brown's 4,595 votes for 42.46%. There were also 33 write-in votes for 0.3% and 10,822 total votes in the first tabulation. "I feel bad for her. I wish her the best," Stevens told the...

  • GENERAL ELECTION 2023

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 9, 2023

    The Hood Canal School District’s proposed $33.5-million building bond to create space for preschool classrooms, an American With Disabilities Act-accessible playground, arts, music and science, and replace a 70-year-old transportation facility was falling short on the first ballot count Tuesday evening. The bond received 955 “yes” votes for 57.22%, and 714 “no” votes for 42.78%. A 60% majority is required for the bond to pass. A similar bond proposal failed by 80 votes in February 2020. “We’re grateful for our community’s support for our...

  • GENERAL ELECTION 2023

    June Williams|Nov 9, 2023

    A rundown of all other races in Mason County: Fire Protection Dist. 3 Fire Commissioner Position No. 2 Nancy A. Montgomery has 424 votes for 97.25% and write-in candidates have 12 votes for 2.75% with a total of 436 votes. Fire Protection Dist. 4 Fire Commissioner Position No. 1 Dean Hirschi has 961 votes for 98.06% and write-in candidates have 19 votes for 1.94% with a total of 980 votes. Fire Protection Dist. 4 Fire Commissioner Position No. 3 Greg Sypnicki has 982 votes for 98.5% and write-in candidates have 15 votes for 1.5% with a total...

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    Nov 9, 2023

  • Ballots mailed

    Oct 12, 2023

    Mason County ballots should begin arriving this week in residents’ mailboxes for the Nov. 7 general election. The ballots were mailed Tuesday. Each voter must sign their own Declaration envelope and then the signature is matched to the signature in the voters’ registration record, Mason County Election Superintendent Marie Stevenson said. If voters do not receive a ballot, they can call the Vote Center at 360-427-9670 ext. 470 to request a replacement. Ballot drop boxes are open until 8 p.m. on Election Day and no postage is required to ret...

  • General election results certified

    Matt Baide|Dec 8, 2022

    Mason County general election results were certified Nov. 29 by the county’s canvassing board. A new auditor will be handling elections in 2023. Republican challenger Steve Duenkel will begin his term in January after receiving 14,739 votes for 50.58% of the total. Democratic incumbent Paddy McGuire received 14,379 votes for 49.35%. Mason County will also have a new clerk in Republican Charles Rhodes, who received 14,727 votes for 50.82% of the total. Democratic incumbent Sharon Moore-Fogo r...

  • Duenkel captures auditor race

    Justin Johnson|Nov 17, 2022

    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 547 votes in results released election night. By Wednesday's second ballot count, which occurred after the Journal went to press last week, Duenkel had erased McGuire's lead and gained a seven-vote advantage. Duenkel led by 272 votes after Thursday's count, which was the final before Veterans...

  • Post-election day surge lifts Rhodes in clerk race

    Matt Baide|Nov 17, 2022

    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 377 votes. Moore-Fogo has received 13,384 votes for 49.25%. Moore-Fogo has been working for the Clerk’s Office since 1992 and was appointed clerk in 2017. Commissioner Sharon Trask has retained her spot on the Mason County Board of Commissioners wit...

  • Republicans win three 35th District races

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 17, 2022

    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 Julianne Gale in Mason County for a four-year term as state senator, with the Union resident in Mason County receiving 16,492 votes for 57.03%, and Gale receiving 12,383 votes for 42.82%. Districtwide, MacEwen had 37,600 votes for 55.67%, and Gale 29,876 votes for 44.24%. In Mason County, Republican...

  • Southside, Fire 17 levies pass; Fire 16 short

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 17, 2022

    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 approved with 617 “yes” votes for 56.76%, with 470 “no” votes for 43.24%. It needed a simple majority to pass. The district, which has about 200 students in kindergarten through seventh grade, asked for the replacement of an expiring Educational Programs and Operations levy that will collect $1.97 per $1,0...

  • UPDATE: Challengers dominate second ballot count

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 10, 2022

    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 opponents after Tuesday’s initial tally. Duenkel now leads Paddy McGuire by seven votes and Rhodes leads Sharon Moore-Fogo by 124 votes. According to the Secretary of State’s website, approximately 3,000 votes remain to be counted, in addition to ballots still in the mail. After Wednesday’s count,...

  • UPDATE: Duenkel surges into Auditor's race lead

    Justin Johnson|Nov 10, 2022

    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 Duenkel to wipe out a 547-vote lead by incumbent Paddy McGuire's after Tuesday's initial count. According to the Secretary of State's website, approximately 3,000 ballots remain to be counted. McGuire leads first count The closely watched and at times contentious race for Mason County auditor saw...

  • UPDATE: Rhodes takes lead in Clerk's race

    Matt Baide|Nov 10, 2022

    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 50.20%, while Moore-Fogo received 12,235 votes for 49.70%. Moore-Fogo led the initial vote count Tuesday night. The next vote count update is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday. In the Mason County auditor’s race, Steve Duenkel took a seven-vote lead over Paddy...

  • UPDATE: Republicans still lead in 35th District

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 10, 2022

    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 three 35th District races In the initial ballot count Tuesday evening, three Republicans were leading in their quests to represent the 35th District in the state Legislature. The first ballot count gave Republican Drew MacEwen a lead over Democrat Julianne Gale in Mason County for a four-year term...

  • UPDATE: Mixed results for Mason County levies

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 10, 2022

    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, the Southside School District’s replacement levy was passing, as was Mason County Fire Protection District 17’s, but Mason County Fire Protection District 16’s levy was failing, and 936 votes separated the candidates seeking a six-year term on the PUD 3 Commission. The results of the second ballot co...

  • Questions for District Court candidate George Steele

    Oct 20, 2022

    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 constitution and rules of law in a process which can ensure an orderly and just society. As I promised, I have worked hard to uphold those laws. I have focused on being fair and impartialto provide justice to all people who came before the court. 2. What are your qualifications? I started practicing law...

  • Five questions with Juli Tuson, Randy Lewis

    Oct 20, 2022

    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. The commissioners do not manage the utility. I think this is an important distinction, the commissioners govern, they do not manage. My qualifications for PUD 3 commissioner are an accumulation of my employment, volunteer work and ongoing educational opportunities. My career is in procurement, and I...

  • Five questions for treasurer candidate Lisa Fraizer

    Oct 20, 2022

    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 share the knowledge I have learned over the years, and continue to learn and to provide a difference at the local level of government. 2. What are the biggest challenges facing the Treasurer’s Office in the next term? The Treasurer’s Office provides essential services in connection with the fin...

  • Five questions with Sandy Kaiser, Travis Couture

    Oct 20, 2022

    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 our region home. I’m running for office because I believe our rural folks deserve the same opportunities for a good quality of life as people in urban parts of our state. To meet that challenge, we need more opportunities for family-wage jobs; schools that offer high-quality education and a safe e...

  • Five questions with Miguel Gutierrez, Sharon Trask

    Oct 20, 2022

    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 UCLA concentrating in American and Comparative Government. I studied Political Philosophy in graduate school. I earned a Special Education credential and began my career as a teacher for youth with Severe Emotional Disturbances. After teaching I became a nonprofit professional. I wrote grant...

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