Volunteers Needed For Annual Native Plant Sale

The Mason Conservation District is looking for hearty volunteers to help sort, pack and distribute plants for its 24th Annual Native Plant Sale. With over 7,000 plants to organize, volunteers are encouraged to dress for cold weather in this semi-outdoor event.

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WDFW Begins Status Reviews, Seeks Information On 15 Wildlife Species

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking updated information about 15 wildlife species as part of a review of native wildlife populations listed by the state as endangered, threatened or sensitive.   

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2014 VOTERSGUIDE

 

 

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 35

State Senator, Partisan Office, 4-year term

Irene Bowling (Prefers Democratic Party)

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Travis Couture (Prefers Republican Party)

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Tim Sheldon (Prefers Democratic Party)

sheldonvgSenator Tim Sheldon is a native of the 35th District. He is known as a legislator who works with members of all political parties to find common-sense solutions without new taxes.
Senator Sheldon has dedicated his life to public service, making him an extremely effective advocate for his district, and the safety and well-being of his constituents. He regularly surveys the voters of his district, and consistently votes to uphold their views. He never sacrifices the needs of his constituents to support a party-line vote.
He’s a strong supporter of better local notification when high-risk sex offenders are released into our communities. He serves as vice-chairman of the Senate Rules Committee.
Of the 1,065 recorded votes in the 2013/2014 legislative sessions, Senator Sheldon was present and voted on every bill. He mails a “report card” of his votes to his constituents after every session. He serves with integrity and total commitment to his district.
Senator Sheldon was elected by his fellow Senators to serve as Senate President Pro Tempore. As the presiding officer, he has earned the respect of Senate members for his diplomatic leadership style.

 

 

 

 

State Representative Pos. 1, Partisan Office, 2-year term

Kathy Haigh (Prefers Democratic Party)

Dan Griffey (Prefers Republican Party)

Josiah Rowell (Prefers Republican Party)

 

 

 

State Representative Pos. 2, Partisan Office, 2-year term

Drew C. MacEwen (Prefers Republican Party)

macewenvgElected Experience: Rep. MacEwen was elected State Representative in 2012
Other Professional Experience: Drew is President of Falcon Financial Inc. in Union, owner of Corner Coffee Shop in Bremerton, and Smoking Mo's Restaurant in Shelton. Drew is a Navy Submarine Veteran
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of the State of New York at Albany. Graduate of the US Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program; Graduate of Conference of State Governments-Western Legislators' Academy
Community Service: Drew is a member of the Shelton Rotary Club, Shelton Chamber of Commerce, and the North Mason Chamber of Commerce. Drew attends St. David's Episcopal Church in Shelton
Statement: I am seeking re-election to the House of Representatives. In my first term, I worked across party lines on a capital budget, introduced bi-partisan legislation to reduce the tax burden on small businesses, and had bi-partisan bills signed into law for our timber industry and our veterans. I will continue to fight for funding education first and reducing class sizes. As a small business owner, I understand what it takes to grow our economy. I am asking for your vote and together, we can make it Morning Again in America with Washington State leading the way! Contact:
(360) 250-0730
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Tammey Newton (Prefers Democratic Party)

statecapTammey Newton is a pull herself up by the bootstraps person who has risen above adversity to become a successful community leader. She is running for State Representative to take that same tenacity and fire to get things done in the Legislature.
Tammey will make education a top priority, use her experience to help businesses grow and create jobs, and work in a bipartisan fashion to solve problems. She is a strong supporter of 2nd Amendment Rights and will work to preserve our hunting and fishing heritage. Hard working and energetic, Tammey is a leader who will represent us all.

 

 

 

 

 

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6 U.S. Representative

Partisan Office, 2-year term

Derek Kilmer (Prefers Democratic Party)

kilmervgElected Experience: U.S. Representative: 2013-Present; Armed Services and Science, Space and Technology Committees; State Senator: 2007-2012; State Representative: 2005-2006; Department of Veterans’ Affairs Legislator of the Year; Washington Economic Development Association LEADER Award; Retail Federation Hero of Main Street Award
Other Professional Experience: Former Vice President, Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County; Former Management Consultant, McKinsey & Company
Education: Diploma, Port Angeles High School; Bachelors’ Degree, Princeton University; Doctoral Degree, University of Oxford
Community Service: Former Trustee, Tacoma Community College; Former Board Member, Gig Harbor-Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce; Former Board Member, Peninsula Schools Education Foundation; Member, Gig Harbor United Methodist Church
Statement:  I've only been in Congress two years, but in that time we’ve won some important victories. We passed No Budget, No Pay legislation, which says that if Congress doesn’t do its job then it shouldn’t get paid. We put an end to across-the-board spending cuts that furloughed workers throughout our region and forced cuts to everything from Meals on Wheels to Head Start. I fought against the shutdown that cost billions. During that shutdown, I returned my salary because it was unfair for me to get paid while shipyard workers and park rangers didn't.
There’s more to do. Having worked a decade in economic development, I know we need a nation where middle-class families and small businesses can succeed. America should make things again. Government should roll out the red carpet for employers - not throw up red-tape. That's why I cosponsored the Paperwork Reduction Act. As the son of two teachers, I know education is critical. I've introduced legislation to improve training opportunities for workers and help veterans enter the civilian workforce. I've advocated for our national security and for jobs at JBLM and Naval Base Kitsap. I'm fighting to improve the health of Puget Sound and combat threats to our shellfish growers and fisheries. And I'll always fight to protect Social Security and Medicare so seniors like my 104-year-old grandmother can continue to count on the benefits they've earned.
We need to get America back to work. We need to get Congress working again too. That’s why I’m a member of the Bipartisan Working Group, made up of Republicans and Democrats who agree to set aside the partisan bickering and focus on progress.
All Americans, including my two girls, deserve a brighter future. I’m not done fighting. I ask for your vote.

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W. (Greybeard) McPherson (States No Party Preference)

Marty McClendon (Prefers Republican Party)

Douglas Milholland (Prefers Green Party)

 

 

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 10 U.S. Representative

Joyce McDonald (Prefers Republican Party)

Denny Heck (Prefers Democratic Party)

Sam Wright (Prefers The Human Rights Party)

Jennifer Gigi Ferguson (Prefers Independent Party)

 

 

MASON COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3

Partisan Office, 4-year term

Terri Jeffreys (Prefers Independent Party)

jeffreysvgElected Experience: Mason County Commissioner, District 3, Elected November 2012
Other Professional Experience: Executive Director, Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce, Assistant Director for Tax and Fiscal Policy, Washington Realtors, Local Government Affairs Director, Washington Realtors, Director of Sales, Alderbrook Resort, Program Manager, International Health Program, University of Washington, Legislative Correspondent, United States Congress
Education: Bachelor of Arts, The Evergreen State College, Graduate Work in Public Administration, The Evergreen State College, Seattle Prepatory High School
Community Service: Board Member, Habitat for Humanity, Treasurer, Shelton Church of the Nazarene, Fund Distribution Committee, United Way of Mason County, Mason County Trustee, Forterra Land Conservancy
Statement: I am asking Mason County voters to re-elect me as your County Commissioner so we can keep our positive momentum going! We’ve accomplished a tremendous amount in my first 15 months and the next four years will be pivotal for positioning Mason County to grow its retail, manufacturing and housing industries while improving our overall quality of life. We have only begun to leverage strategic partnerships that will build a strong future and a better community.
I have worked to improve public safety by adding 4 Sheriff’s Deputy positions, funding a North Mason Sheriff’s precinct office in Belfair and planning for the retention of experienced Deputies by authorizing a new command structure and compensation package which will improve line staff oversight and support promotion of existing staff.
I am working to meet the challenge of an increasing criminal justice case load by adding a third Superior Court Judge, funding County jail improvements that will increase jail capacity by 44 inmates and launching the Family Recovery Court, a restorative justice alternative that repairs families broken by substance abuse.
We formed a Citizen’s Task Force on Public Safety and Criminal Justice to review the County’s existing resource capacity for these vital services and make recommendations aimed at lowering the County crime rate.
Creating a vibrant community is a priority for me. I've partnered with the Economic Development Council to recruit retail development, authored and helped pass state Legislation which allows Mason County to offer a property tax incentive for construction of affordable multi-family housing and I am working with a broad coalition of business groups and local governments to advocate for state transportation projects like the Belfair Bypass that will attract contractor along the SR 3 corridor.
I will continue strategic initiatives and partnerships including creating a partnership with the City of Shelton and others to create an inviting gateway into Shelton from Highway 101, work with our tourism partners to build our tourism industry and most importantly, plan for success through the 10 year Comprehensive Land Use Plan update.
Please retain me as your County Commissioner so we can continue "Building Our Future Together!
For More Information:
(360) 229-0947
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MASON COUNTY PUBLIC UTILTY DISTRICT 3

Commissioner District 2 Nonpartisan Office 6-year term

Tom Farmer

farmervgMason County is growing and with that growth comes the inevitability of change. During my time as a PUD 3 commissioner, I have been charged with making decisions for, not only today, but for how they will affect our future. In 2013 The North Mason School District passed a, Mason County record, 49 million dollar bond to build a new high school, refurbish the existing one to be the new Hawkins Middle school and provide major upgrades to both of its elementary schools. I was approached for help on the campaign and, after taking time to review its needs and merits, I signed on to help with something I supported. The children of our area need to have a first rate education in order to be successful in today’s work place and economy and I believe that we took a step towards that goal in passing the bond that won by a super majority.
It is exciting that our area is growing, but with that, comes the need to upgrade our roads, sewers, and water systems. Our PUD 3 must be prepared to accommodate that growth. I am very proud that we were able to build our new Operations Center on John’s Prairie in May of 2012. The project brought together all of the working departments under one roof and is the culmination of 15 years of work that started with the purchase of the property. I know that a lot of our owners/ratepayers were not happy to see us leave our old home but I believe that we will be able to be a more cohesive team and our service to the community will reflect that. The new center was not the only advantage: we were able to add jobs, move utility poles for the road widening project in Belfair, run a new waterline and rebuild the substation in downtown Shelton. All of the improvements were accomplished with a no net increase to our owners. I was excited before the project, and I still stand behind that decision today.
It is easy to see the growth and change of our area and I believe that change happens one of two ways: you can turn your head and it can happen TO you or you can be a part of the change and mold it and direct it to have the most benefit to the place we call home. I choose to help direct the change.

 

 John Komen

statecapI offer my candidacy for commissioner of Mason County Public Utility District 3.
My credentials are there for you to examine. Forty years as a journalist and fifteen years as an active citizen of Mason County provide me the communications skills and the executive experience to serve you as your PUD3 commissioner.
At the outset, let me state my campaign is self-financed. I do not want your money. I am not seeking campaign contributions from individual citizens. And I will not accept funds from any special interest.
I have the motivation, the resources and the time to run for this office.
Self-aggrandizement is not my motive. I run to serve.
All I ask is your support. With your vote at election time November 4, you can elect a commissioner who will protect your pocketbook. No more costly voting for schemes and projects that raise your monthly electric bills.
I am a native of this state, born in Bellingham. Diane and I have been property owners and taxpayers in Mason County since 1962. We built a home on Mason Lake where we have lived since 1994. We enjoy a good life in Mason County. And we are not strangers to its problems.
One of those big problems is the way PUD3 spends your money. More about that later.
First, my qualifications.
My twelve years in Bellingham’s public schools were followed by four years of higher education at Western Washington University and the University of Washington, culminating in my graduation cum laude from the UW School of Communications. I began my professional journalism career while a senior in college.
I first worked for The Associated Press in Seattle and later in Olympia. My assignments included covering the Washington Legislature and many state agencies ranging from the State Revenue Department to the State Supreme Court. It was experience that provided me a broad education in government operations.
My career in journalism can be likened to degrees from graduate schools. My experience includes a dozen years as a television anchorman and news executive in Seattle (KOMO-TV and KING-TV).
I was based in New York as an on-air correspondent for ABC-TV News. My years with ABC-TV included coverage of presidential candidates Hubert Humphrey, Richard Nixon and George Wallace. I had assignments to cover the White House. From ABC-TV News bureaus in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, I was sent on stories across America and as far north as Greenland and as far south as Mexico City. I was assigned to coverage of the national political party conventions in Chicago and Miami. I covered riots in Cleveland’s Hough District and unrest in New York’s Harlem following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Much of the last half of my forty years in journalism was spent in Tacoma with The News Tribune newspaper. I started as chief editorial writer and rose to executive editor in charge of a news operation with 115 employees. Mine was an exciting and thoroughly satisfying career.
It was four years ago when I first began examining the actions of the three-member commission that governs and oversees the operation of Mason County Public Utilities District 3 and its 120 employees. I watched in dismay as a series of two-to-one very costly decisions were made with barely any attention from the public. I began regular attendance at PUD3 commissioner meetings.
There were two-to-one votes to abandon downtown Shelton, leaving behind three more vacant buildings to deteriorate and cause further economic distress to the city. There were two-to-one votes to spend $41 million of the owner-ratepayers funds to build an extravagant out-of-town headquarters, all the while ignoring plans at minimal cost to modernize and enlarge the Shelton downtown office complex. There were two-to-one votes to increase the PUD3 debt by another $71 million.
There were two-to-one votes to build an unnecessary 16-inch water pipeline along Johns Prairie Road, costing more than $1.78 million in owner-ratepayer funds. There was the further insult to the ratepayers when the pipeline was handed over free of charge to the City of Shelton.
All these costly decisions always turned on the swing vote cast by the newest member of the three-person board. That commissioner is now nearing the end of his initial six-year term.
This--- his first six-year term-- should be his last.
He has been the most expensive commissioner in the eighty-year history of Mason County Public Utility District 3. He has been directly responsible for an extra seven per cent to ten percent load added to your monthly electric bills.
It defies reason and common sense when claims are made these huge expenditures have had no impact on your electricity rates. In the five years the incumbent has been in office, the public utility’s annual budgets have increased from nearly $48 million to more than $62 million this year.
Instead of conserving financial resources during a time of economic distress , instead of working to reduce the financial burdens on 32,500 owner-ratepayers, instead of acting as the public’s budget watchdog to minimize rate increases--this incumbent commissioner has added to the peoples’ financial burdens.
It will be my duty as a new commissioner to change the governance culture of PUD3. My votes will be responsible to the ratepayers. My decisions will always be made with your electric bills foremost in mind.
There are those who have said the harm has already been done. The $41 million building is there. The blight of three more empty abandoned buildings in Shelton is a fact of life. The $71 million in added debt is on the books for the next thirty years. The pipeline paid for with ratepayer funds has been gifted to Shelton, not to be returned.
With an apathetic shrug of the shoulders, the apologists say these costly decisions will not be reversed.
You cannot “un-ring” a bell, they say.
But you can remove the “bell ringer”.
You can elect John Komen as your next commissioner of PUD3.

 

 

SUPREME COURT STATEWIDE

Justice Position 7 Nonpartisan Office 6-year term

Debra L. Stephens

John (Zamboni) Scannell

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LIST OF CANDIDATES FILED IN MASON COUNTY

 

Congressional District 6
U.S. Representative
Partisan Office,   2-year term
Derek Kilmer (Prefers Democratic Party)
W. (Greybeard) McPherson (States No Party Preference)
Marty McClendon (Prefers Republican Party)
Douglas Milholland (Prefers Green Party)
 
Congressional District 10 U.S. Representative (View All)
Partisan Office,   2-year term
Joyce McDonald (Prefers Republican Party)
Denny Heck (Prefers Democratic Party)
Sam Wright (Prefers The Human Rights Party)
Jennifer Gigi Ferguson (Prefers Independent Party)

Legislative District 35
State Senator, Partisan Office, 4-year term
Irene Bowling (Prefers Democratic Party)
Travis Couture (Prefers Republican Party)
Tim Sheldon (Prefers Democratic Party)
 
State Representative Pos. 1, Partisan Office, 2-year term
Kathy Haigh (Prefers Democratic Party)
Dan Griffey (Prefers Republican Party)
Josiah Rowell (Prefers Republican Party)
 
State Representative Pos. 2, Partisan Office, 2-year term
Drew C. MacEwen (Prefers Republican Party)
Tammey Newton (Prefers Democratic Party)

Mason County
Assessor, Partisan Office, 4-year term
Melody Peterson (Prefers Democratic Party)
 
Auditor, Partisan Office, 4-year term
Karen Herr (Prefers Democratic Party)
 
Clerk, Partisan Office, 4-year term
Ginger Brooks (Prefers Democratic Party)
 
Coroner, Partisan Office, 4-year term
Wes Stockwell (Prefers Democratic Party)
 
Prosecutor, Partisan Office, 4-year term
Michael Dorcy (Prefers Republican Party)
 
Sheriff, Partisan Office, 4-year term
Casey Salisbury (Prefers Democratic Party)
 
Treasurer, Partisan Office, 4-year term
Elisabeth (Lisa) Frazier (Prefers Democratic Party)
 
County Commissioner District 3, Partisan Office, 4-year term
B Dean Byrd (Prefers Independent Party)
Terri Jeffreys (Prefers Independent Party)

 

 

Public Utility Dist 1     Mason
Commissioner District 2 Nonpartisan Office 6-year term
Ronald Gold


Public Utility Dist 3     Mason
Commissioner District 2 Nonpartisan Office 6-year term
Tom Farmer
John Komen

 


Supreme Court  Statewide
Justice Position 1 Nonpartisan Office 2-year unexpired term
Mary Yu

Justice Position 3 Nonpartisan Office 6-year term
Mary E. Fairhurst

Justice Position 4 Nonpartisan Office 6-year term
Eddie Yoon
Charles W. Johnson
    

Justice Position 7 Nonpartisan Office 6-year term
Debra L. Stephens
John (Zamboni) Scannell


Court of Appeals, Division 2, District 2     Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Thurston
Judge Position 1 Nonpartisan Office 6-year term
Lisa L. Sutton

 

 

 

 

Super Saturday Financial Information Fair Feb. 15

The Asset Building Coalition of Mason County will be hosting the 1st annual Super Saturday Financial Information Fair at the Shelton Timberland Regional Library on February 15th from 11:30-3:00. The Asset Building Coalition will be using this event as a platform to launch the Bank On Mason program, a partnership which serves the unbanked and underbanked in our community.

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