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Candidates set for August primary, fall election
Candidates for congressional, state and county races are in place for the fall election. Filing for candidacy ended May 16. There were 55 individuals who filed for 28 elected offices.
The primary election is Aug. 5 and the general election is Nov. 4.
Three candidates, including two Republicans, are seeking Position 1 post for state representative in the Legislative District 26. State Rep. Jesse Young, a Republican from Gig Harbor, is being challenged by fellow Republican, Bill Scheidler of Port Orchard, and Democrat Nathan Schlicher of Gig Harbor.
Young was appointed to the position earlier this year after then State Rep. Jan Angel defeated Schlicher for the District 26 senate seat in November.
For the Position 2 seat, incumbent Democratic State Rep. Larry Seaquist will be challenged by Republican newcomer Michelle Caldier.
Legislative District 26 State Sen. Jan Angel, a Republican, will be challenged by Democrat Judy Arborgast, a former teacher in the South Kitsap School dis- trict. Arbogast is a former president of the South Kitsap Education Association.
In District 35, which includes a por- tion of Kitsap County, Democratic State Rep. Kathy Haigh will be challenged by a pair of Republicans, Dan Griffy of Allyn and Josiah Rowell of Union, for the Position 1 seat.
Democrat Tammey Newton will face incumbent Republican State Rep. Drew MacEwen for the Pos. 2 post.
In the district senate race, incumbent Democrat Tim Sheldon will face Irene Bowling in the primary. The winner will face Republican Travis Couture in November.
“As for the 35th state senate seat, there is only one true Democrat in this race,”
said Katherine Woods, Kitsap County Democratic Party chair. “Despite the letter behind his name, Sheldon has spent the last two years stopping legisla- tion that reflects Democratic values and hindering progress for Washingtonians.”
Woods said Shelton will not be receiving help from the group.
“Voters in the 35th District consistently vote for Sheldon and have acknowledged he is a Democrat and the right representative for the people of the 35th District,” said Chris Tibbs, Kitsap County Republican Party chair
Unlike many past elections, voters have a lot of choices. Of 28 offices that Kitsap County residents will vote on, all but nine have two or more candidates.
Prosecuting Attorney Russ Hauge, Democrat, faced one candidate in 2010 and no opposition in 2006, 2002 and 1998, but he’ll have to compare ideas and issues with three other candidates — Democrat Bob Scales of Bainbridge Island, Republican Tina Robinson of Port Orchard and Independent Bruce Danielson of Port Orchard.
“Russ Hauge has been previously endorsed by our party and an active member for many years,” Woods said. “I don’t expect there will be a change in our support for him this year.”
County Assessor Jim Avery decided not to seek re-election, so two Democrats and Republicans each have filed for office. Democrats Paul Andrews of Port Orchard will face Gary Sobeck of Bainbridge Island, along with Republicans W. Sean Smith of Port Orchard and Phil Cook of Silverdale will square off in the primary.
“We’re fortunate to have two great candidates in Paul Andrews and Garry Sobeck,” said Woods. “Both have become very active in the party in recent months.”
Woods said the group is in the beginning stage of its endorsement process.
In the auditor’s race, Democrat Dolores Gilmore will face Republican Kelly Emerson to replace Walt Washington who announced his retirement. Emerson resigned from the Island County Board of Commissioners on May 5 and registered as a voter in Kitsap County on May 6. She became a can- didate for Kitsap County auditor on May 14.
County Clerk Dave Peterson, a Democrat, will face Republican Gerald Chaney of Bremerton, while Coroner Greg Sandstrom, a Republican, will face independent candidate Jeff Wallis of Bremerton.
Barring challenges from a write-in candidate, Kitsap County Sheriff ’s Office patrol chief Gary Simpson will be the next sheriff, succeeding Steve Boyer, who is retiring. And Meredith Green will continue as county treasurer.
Only one of the four district court judge races is contested. Claire Bradley of Silverdale and Tracy Flood of Port Orchard will vie for the Department 1 seat.
Sixth Congressional District Democratic U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer will have three challengers this fall. Republican Marty McClendon, of Gig Harbor, and W. McPherson, a independent candidate from Port Angeles, filed as candidates.
Douglas Milholland, a Green Party candidate, filed before deadline last Friday.
Other local races
Incumbent James Civilla, of Port Orchard, will run unopposed for the Kitsap County Public Utility District No. 1 commissioner’s seat.
There are several races for precinct committee officers (PCO) within the Republican Party. Seeking the PCO 242 post is Richard Coolen of South Colby and Roxy Scott of Port Orchard, while Shannon Seth and Edward Mitchell, both of Port Orchard, vie for PCO 292.
Richard Walker contributed to the story.