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Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014- Mason County Journal- Page A-11 Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Republican Dan Griffey, left, a candidate for state representative in the 35th Legislative District Pos. 1, and Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-Potlatch) agree on an issue during the "lightning round" of a candidate forum Tuesday evening in the Olympic Middle School commons. loin us on Faccbook for dental tips and funl www.drhackney.com 1051 SE State Route 3, Shelton, WA continued frompageA-1should be provided to stimulate the economy. Union). and his opponent in the 35th Haigh said the state should invest in District Pos. 2, Democrat Tammey Mason County's transportation infra- Newton; and state Sen. Tim Sheldon structure so shipping costs won't be so (D-Potlatch). Sheldon's opponent in the high for businesses. 35th Legislative District, fellow Demo- Just before the "lightning round" crat Irene Bowling, did not attend. Each where candidates hold up a support or was allowed three minutes to introduce oppose sign on issues -- Newton and himself or herself. Haigh lei the stage. Newton later re- Sheldon pointed out that he has been turned to the stage but was not asked to elected nine times to office as a Demo- offer her closing comments. crat. He stressed that his bipartisan ef- In an email to the Journal on forts have helped pass state budgets. He Wednesday mormng, Newton said she also pointed out his record for helping declined to participate in the lightning small businesses, round because she wasn't given the op- Haigh, a veterinarian who has served portunity to provide "further clarifica- as a state representative since 1998, tion or information" to her responses. said her understanding of rural issues "I'm not opposed to tough questions," helps her give a voice to 35th District. she wrote. "I feel I welcome them. I wish residents in the state Legislature. we had more of them. Tough questions Griffey, a firefighter, stressed that he require more than a red or green piece is a lifelong resident of Mason County. of paper." He called the Growth Management Act Haigh also contacted the Journal "out of control" and said that private Wednesday. property is not for the government to "I left because I do not believe in the take. use of the paddles" saying support or "No more will Seattle take our jobs, oppose, Haigh said in an interview with our values and our traditions," he said. the Journal Wednesday morning. MacEwen, who was elected to rep- Haigh said "there are always nu- resent the 35th District two years ago, ances" with the issues that cannot be said he seeks to reform the state De- summed up with one word. Neverthe- partment of Transportation to help re- less, "I should have explained... I've nev- move a logjam of projects. He pointed er lei like that and I feel bad," she said. out that it took only six months to re- After an intermission, Mason County place the Interstate 5 bridge that fell Assessor Melody Patterson and her op- into the Skagit River and called that "a ponent, Patty McLean, took the stage. model" for cutting through red tape to Patterson has worked for the Asses- complete an urgent project, sor's Office since 1994 and was elected Newton, who is executive director of county assessor in 2010. McLean is an Habitat for Humanity of Mason Coun- administrative data technician in the ty, touted her 18 years of experience in Assessor's Office. executive management. Newton said The forum concluded with Mason she sees the needs of the poor each day County PUD 3 Commissioner Tom working with low-income residents. Farmer and his opponent, John Komen. The candidates then fielded ques- Both stressed their longtime ties to the tions proposed by the forum hosts and community. audience members. Farmer has served on the commis- Both Newton and MacEwen said sion for six years. During that time, they oppose Initiative 594, which deals PUD 3 opened its new center on Johns with background checks for firearm Prairie Road, which he called the "best sales and transfers, and least expensive" option for an op- Newton said the initiative is "a little erations center. too much ... It goes too far." MacEwen "I'm a forward thinker. I have to be calls the initiative "an infringement on ... I will never hold us hostage to our our Second Amendment." Background past," he said. checks are already required, and the Komen -- who worked as a radio, TV measure is designed only to create a and newspaperjournalistforfourdecades registry data base, he said. -- said that as he campaigns, residents Asked how they would help create say they are appalled by the high cost of jobs, Griffey said the Growth Manage- the Johns Prairie operations center. ment Act should be changed to encour- "I would be more cost conscious... You age land development and incentives do not spend money foolishly," he said. FOUNDA~ON \ / \ / Thursday, November 20th loin us for... Mason General Hospital & Family of at Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union Father Daughter Dance Co-Spot.bred by El. lristyn & Son Construction, Inc. & Eric and Paula Moll This year, be sure to invite your little princess to accompany you on a magical evening of dancing the night away amongst all the shimmering lights of the Alderbrook Resort and Spa. Let this year's Fantasy Forest create an evening she won't soon forget. Ticket price per person: $50, Open Seating and Reservations Required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., event ends at 10 p.m. Guest Speaker, Eric Moll, MGH&FC CEO Event elements to include: Envelope Appeal for Fund-An-Item, Silent Auction, Special Raffle. Friday, November 21st Wine Tasting, Sponsored by Dynamic Collectors, In(. This year's Wine tasting promises to be the best one yet... What could be more romantic than enjoying your favorite wine, with your favorite date and being surrounded by the enchanting decor of the Alderbrook Resort and spa during the holiday season. This is a time when MGHF will celebrate and recognize all of our community supporters for their involvement and support of our I mission! Why not spend the night and enjoy breakfast on the beautiful Hood Canal. Special resort overnight stay packages will be offered.' ITicket price $60. Soft Seating only and Reservations Required. per person Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Event begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends by 8:00 p.m. Event elements include: Tree Auction and Fund-An-Item. Deadline for ticket sales is Monday, Nov, 10, 2014 To Purchase Tickets call 360-427-3623 or visit ~.masongeneral.com I MGHF also acknowledges the following sponsors for their support of the 2014 Event: Program and Advertising Sponsor-Christmas Village; Gala.& Live Auction Co-Sponsors-Heritage Bank and Hiawatha Corporation; Fashion Show Co-Sponsor-Fred Finn and Finninsula Foundation; Site Decorations Co-Sponsor-Columbia Bank; Celebration of Life Co-Sponsor-John L, Scott Foundation; Volunteer Village Co-Sponsor-Grastroenterology Associates; Raffle Co-Sponsors-MASCO Petroleum, Mary Anne Munson, Peninsula Credit Union and Skookum Rotary-Oysterfest Dollars at Work; Forest Star Sponsors-Bob & Melanie Appel, Bowers Dental Group, Fir Lane Health & Rehabilitation Center, Denis and Adele Leverich, McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home & Crematory, Providence St. Peter Hospital, Robert W. Johnson, PLLC, Shelton Health & Rehabilitation Center, Wittenberg, CPA, PS. Sponsors as of 10-13-14. **Special thanks to Mason County Journal for making the Fantasy Forest 2014 ads possible. ** TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY UNITED WAY of Mason County is seeking a full-time high energy executive direc- tor. The executive director represents, and promotes the United Way of Mason County's mission through community outreach and business development,skills. United Way of Mason Must possess strong com- County offers a competitive munication, organizational, salary and benefit package. managerial, marketing, Submit resume and cover fundraising, and negotiat- letter to United Way of Ma- ing skills. Must have basic son County 221 W Railroad understanding of account- Ste. 12 Shelton WA 98584. lag with proficient co(n. puter (u 10/16-10/30) Just a reminder.... Deadline for news and advertising is Monday at 5:00 p.m,