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I?age A-28 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, May 22, 2014 Candidates in nine offices running unopposed in fall general election By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty, com Incumbent candidates in nine Mason County offices will run un- opposed in the 2014 general elec- tion. Assessor Melody Peterson (D), Auditor Karen Herr (D), Clerk Gin- ger Brooks (D), Coroner Wes Stock- well (D), Prosecutor Michael Dorcy (R), Sheriff Casey Salisbury (D), Treasurer Elisabeth "Lisa" Frazier (D) and District Court Judge Victo- ria Meadows all filed for re-election early last week. Mason County PUD 1 Commis- sioner Ronald Gold will run unop- posed for reelection. County Commissioner Terri Jef- freys (I) was the sole candidate for the commissioner District 3 race until retired Mason County Sher- iffs Office Chief Deputy Dean Byrd filed for election Friday. County voters will have an op- portunity to consider candidates for 21 offices, 11 of them for posi- tions within Mason County in the Nov. 4 general election. Candidates were allowed to file from May 12 through May 16. Incumbent Tom Farmer of A1- lyn and John Komen of Grapeview have filed for election to Public Utility District 3's commissioner position for District 2. In legislative races, incumbent Tim Sheldon (D) of Potlatch, Irene Bowling (D) and Travis Couture (R), who have both listed addresses in Belfair, have filed for the 35th Legislative District. In state House races, Rep. Kathy Haigh (D) of Shelton, Dan Griffey (R) and Josiah Rowell (R), filed for election for the 35th District's state representative Position 1. Incum- bent Drew MacEwen (R) of Union will be challenged by Tammey Newton (D) of Allyn for Position 2. U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D) of Gig Harbor has filed for reelection to the House of Representatives for the 6th Congressional District. He will be challenged by W. (Grey- beard) McPherson of Port Angeles, who stated no party preference, Marty McClendon (R) of Gig Har- bor and Douglas Milholland, also of Gig Harbor, who listed the Green Party as his preference. U.S. Rep Denny Heck (D) of Olympia filed for reelection to the 10th Congressional District, and will be challenged by Joyce Mc- Donald (R) of Puyallup and Sam Wright of Olympia, who states that he prefers the Human Rights Par- ty, and Jennifer Gigi Ferguson (I) of Lakewood. In statewide Supreme Court races, Mary Yu of Seattle has filed for election to an unexpired term for Position 1. Mary E. Fairhurst of Tumwater has filed for re-elec- tion to Position 3, Eddie Yoon of University Place and incumbent Charles W. Johnson of Olympia have filed for election for Position 4, and incumbent Debra L. Ste- phens of Seattle filed for Position 7. Stevens will be challenged by John (Zamboni) Scannell of Bremerton. Lisa L. Sutton has filed for re- election to the Court of Appeals Di- vision 2, District 2. Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Jamie, 14, left and Lexi Nakhla, 12, perform at Bluegrass from the Forest. Bluegrass: Funds pay local projects continued from page A-1 Other performers included The Meyer Bluegrass Band from Missouri; Blueberry Hill, from Stan- wood; Runaway Train, from Mason County; True North, of Oregon; and North Country, from Seattle. The festival also introduces bluegrass to a new generation. Each year, the Chick Rose School of Bluegrass comes to Shelton to teach children and teenagers how to play fiddle, guitar, banjo and oth- er instruments. Proceeds from the event, which is sponsored by Kristmastown Kiwanis, go toward community proj- ects. In the past, the organization has used festival profits to make improvements to the Performing Arts Center and to Shelton's Kneeland Park. Commission: Byrd retired from Sheriff's Office in. 2013 continued from page A-1 emergency management and evidence management to the county commis- sion if elected. In the future, commissioners will need to identify new revenue sources, find efficient ways to use tax dollars, ensure residents feel safe and make the county more business friendly, and pay for the Belfair sewer, he said. Byrd, 63, has lived for most of his life in Mason County, and graduated from Shelton High School. He attended Green River Commu- nity College and Washington State University, and had a 40-year career in law enforcement. During his career, Byrd worked for the Mason County Sheriffs Office and the Washington state Gambling Com- mission. 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