Primary election nears, ballots due on Aug. 5

Ballots are due Aug. 5 as South Kitsap voters will help decide which candidates will advance to the general election in several key primary races.

There are six elected positions with three or more candidates. The top two vote-getters, which could be from the same party, will advance to the Nov. 5 general election.

On the county level, Democratic incumbent longtime Prosecutor Russ Hauge is being challenged by fellow Democrat Bob Scales, Republican Tina Robinson and Independent Bruce Danielson, who lost to Hauge in 2010. Hauge has been prosecutor for 20 years.

Democrats Garry Sobeck and Paul Andrews, along with Republicans Phil Cook and Sean Smith, are looking to lock down the two top spots to replace Assessor Jim Avery, who is retiring this year.

In the District 26, State Rep. Jesse Young (R-Gig Harbor) is challenged by former Democratic State Sen. Nathan Schlicher and Republican newcomer Bill Scheidler of the Position 1 post. Young was appointed earlier this year to fill the House seat vacated by Jan Angel after she won the district’s state Senate seat over Schlicher in the 2013 general election.

There is a House and Senate race in District 35 with three candidates each. In the House race for Position 1, longtime incumbent Kathy Haigh (D-Shelton) is challenged by a pair of Republicans, Dan Griffey and newcomer Josiah Rowell. State Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-Hoodsport) is challenged by fellow Democrat Irene Bowling and Republican Travis Couture. In the State House, Sheldon is a member of the Majority Coalition Caucus in the Senate.

For U.S. representative of the Sixth Congressional District, incumbent Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor) is challenged by Republican Marty McClendon, Independent W. McPherson and Green Party candidate Douglas Milholland.

A 24-hour drop-off box is located at the Kitsap County Auditor’s Office, 619 Division St., Port Orchard, until 8 p.m. Aug. 5. Also, a vote center with certified accessible voting devices, which enable persons with disabilities to cast their ballots, will be provided, according to federal law.

Prior to Aug. 5, voters can go to the Auditor’s Office (Friday and Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and on election day at Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division St., from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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