The Primary Election is Tuesday, August 7. If you are not yet registered to vote, or if you have had a change of address and haven’t informed elections officials, there is still time. The last day for new registrations is July 30, but you must register in-person at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office in order to be eligible to vote in the Primary.
Voter’s Pamphlets will be mailed on July 11 and the ballots will be mailed a week later, on July 18. As usual, ballots must either be dropped in a ballot box before 8 PM on election day or they must be postmarked by that day. There’s a ballot box conveniently located in front of the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters. Have questions about voting? The County’s elections officials have an online FAQ here. Contact the Thurston County Auditor’s Office directly, if you have other questions.
Under our state’s primary system, the top two vote-getters advance to the general election regardless of party.
Here’s a rundown of the candidates you will see on your ballot. Where the candidate’s web site could be found, the candidate’s name is linked to the web site.
There are 30 candidates for this position (according to the Spokesman-Review, “The modern record for a U.S. Senate race in Washington is 33, set in 1983”). The entire list appears in the Voter’s Pamphlet.
Maria Cantwell is the Democratic incumbent. Her chief challenger is Susan Hutchison (Republican Party)
U.S. Representative – Congressional District No. 10
Denny Heck is the Democratic incumbent. His challengers are:
Nancy Dailey Slotnick (Indep. Centrist Party)
Tamborine Borrelli ( Ind. Progressive Party)
Joseph Brumbles (Republican Party)
State Senator – Legislative District No. 35
Tim Sheldon is the Democratic incumbent. His challengers are:
Marco Brown (Republican Party) – PO Box 522 Belfair WA 98528; 360.277.0710; Marco@wavecable.com
John Martin (Republican Party) – 203 4th Ave E Olympia WA 98501; 360.701.5602
Irene Bowling (Democratic Party)
George Sevier (Republican Party) – 4040 E Mason Lake Rd Shelton WA 98584; 360.432.9201
State Representative Pos. 1 – Legislative District No. 35
Dan Griffey is the Republican incumbent. His challenger is:
James Thomas (Democratic Party)
State Representative Pos. 2 – Legislative District No. 35
Drew C. MacEwen is the Republican incumbent. His challenger is:
David Dagget (Democratic Party)
Thurston County – Assessor
Steven J. Drew, the Democratic incumbent, is running unopposed.
Thurston County – Auditor
Mary Hall is the Democratic incumbent. Her challenger is:
Stuart Holmes (Independent)
Thurston County – Clerk
Linda Enlow, the Democratic incumbent, is running unopposed.
Thurston County – Commissioner District No. 3
Bud Blake is the Independent incumbent. He is challenged by:
Melissa Denton (Democratic Party)
Tye Menser (Democratic Party)
Jed Haney (Independent)
Thurston County – Coroner
Gary Warnock, the Democratic incumbent, is running unopposed.
Thurston County – Prosecuting Attorney
Jon Tunheim is the Democratic incumbent. His challenger is:
Victor M. Minjares (Democratic Party)
Thurston County – Sheriff
John D. Snaza, the Independent incumbent, is running unopposed.
Thurston County – Treasurer
Jeff Gadman, the Democratic incumbent, is running unopposed.
I’ll probably never understand how Tim Sheldon can stipulate “prefers Democratic Party,” when he only caucuses with the Republicans. That seems deliberately misleading. But probably no more misleading that the so-called “independents” who are, by their own voting history and predominant funding sources, Republican. I don’t know what to think of any candidate for whom an early campaign decision is to deliberately misrepresent his/her political affiliation, to the electorate.