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Page C-8 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 2014 Gi NERAL ELE( TION GU assessor race By NATALIE JOHNSON nata/ie@masoncoun com Incumbent Mason County Asses- sor Melody Peterson's name may have been the only candidate listed on the August primary election ballot, but after a second candidate's successful write-in campaign she will have a chal- lenger in the general election. Patti McLean, 44, of Dayton, re- ceived 141 votes, or 1.47 percent of to- tal votes cast in the assessor's race in the primary election, securing a spot on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. "I thought I'd get 20 or 30 votes," McLean said. "I figured if(voters) want me to do it, I'll try to do it." Peterson, 63, of the Lake Isabella area, is running as a Democrat. She has worked in the assessor's office since 1992. She was first elected as county Assessor in 2010. "I'm right in the middle of a job," Peterson said. "I have a huge desire to finish and have it looking really nice when I walk away." Peterson has worked in several de- partments of the Assessor's Office, such as the front counter, senior and disability exemp- tions, and was chief deputy of the office for seven years be- fore being elected as Assessor. Since she was elected, Peter- son has made several changes in the Asses- Peterson sor's Office. Following other Assessor's offices in the state, the Mason County Assessor's Office began a six- year process to start re-evaluating prop- erty values each year rather than every few years. The office has also begun using McLean a new software sys- tem. "I think it has been a benefit to ev- eryone - the new system gives us a clearer idea of what's out there." McLean, who states no party prefer- ence, is a 1988 Mary M. Knight High School graduate and has worked at the Mason County Assessor's Office since AT A GLANCE: Mason County Assessor Melody Peterson Prefers Democratic Party Incumbent For more information, email mellow4S0@ yahoo.com or call 426-9389 Patti McLean States no party preference Challenger For more information, email mcleapin@ yahoo.com or call 789-7748 1991. She currently works as an adminis- trative data technician. "It is my responsibility to under- stand and troubleshoot each situation as it arises and teach my co-workers how the new software interfaces and operates within their job description." McLean said some county residents approached her and suggested she run for Assessor. Initially she said she hesi- tated and thought of waiting until Pe- terson retired to plan her own run for office. "It's never a path I thought I was go- ing to take," she said. If elected, McLean said she would continue the work to implement the new software and assessment sys- tems. "I want to be a good boss and treat everyone fairly and accurately," she said. "It's a thankless job, but I think I can do a good job." Peterson said it has been a chal- lenge to keep up with Assessor's Office work because clerical staff positions were eliminated during the recession. "I've had to really think hard on that," she said. "That's been a chal- lenge - making things work with the budget constraints I've had all four years in office." If elected, McLean said she would try to have more face-to-face inter- actions with the public and said she hopes to improve customer service. "I will keep an open door policy with my employees and the public," she said. 2014 GENERAL ELECTION GUIDE - UNCONTESTED / OTHER BALLOT MEASURES MASON COUNTY Mason County PUD 1 Commissioner District 2 Nonpartisan Office, 6-year term Ronald Gold Mason County Auditor Partisan Office, 4-year term Karen Herr (prefers Demo- cratic Party) Mason County Clerk Partisan Office, 4-year term Ginger Brooks (prefers Democratic Party) Mason County Coroner Partisan Office, 4-year term Wes Stockwell (prefers Democratic Party) Mason County Prosecutor Partisan Office, 4-year term Michael Dorcy (prefers Re- publican Party) Mason County Sheriff Partisan Office, 4-year term Casey Salisbury (prefers Democratic Party) Mason County Treasurer Partisan Office, 4-year term Elisabeth (Lisa) Frazier (prefers Democratic Party) Mason County District Court Judge Nonpartisan Office, 4-year terIn Victoria Meadows Fire Protection District 2 Dissolution of Fire Protec- tion District 2 The Board of Fire Commis- sioners of the North Mason Re- gional Fire Authority passed Resolution No. 14-12, concern- ing a proposition to dissolve the Fire District. This measure would dissolve Mason County Fire District No. 2 effective December 31, 2014, thereby al- lowing all fire and emergency medical services and adminis- tration to be performed exclu- sively by the voter approved North Mason Regional Fire Authority which has provided such services since its forma- tion on January 1, 2014. Should this proposition be: [ ] Approved [ ] Rejected Fire Protection District 8 Dissolution of Fire Protec- tion District 8 The Board of Fire Commis- sioners of the North Mason Re- gional Fire Authority passed Resolution No. 14-13, concern- ing a proposition to dissolve the Fire District. This measure would dissolve Mason County Fire District No. 8 effective December 31, 2014, thereby al- lowing all fire and emergency medical services and adminis- tration to be performed exclu- sively by the voter approved North Mason Regional Fire Authority which has provided such services since its forma- tion on January 1, 2014. Should this proposition be: [ ] Approved [ ] Rejected WASHINGTON STATE Supreme Court 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 Judge Position 1 Nonpartisan Office, 6-year term Lisa L. Sutton Initiative Measure No. 1351 Initiative Measure No. 1351 concerns K-12 education. This measure would di- rect the legislature to allocate funds to reduce class sizes and increase staffing support for students in all K-12 grades, with additional class-size re- ductions and staffing increases in high-poverty schools. Should this measure be en- acted into law? [] Yes []No Initiative Measure No. 591 Initiative Measure No. 591 concerns firearms. This measure would prohibit government agencies from confiscating guns or other firearms from citizens without due process, or from requiring background checks on firearm recipients unless a uniform national standard is required. Should this measure be en- acted into law? [ ]Yes []No Initiative Measure No. 594 Initiative Measure No. 594 concerns background checks for firearm sales and transfers. This measure would ap- ply currently used criminal and public safety background checks by licensed dealers to all firearm sales and transfers, including gun show and online sales, with specific exceptions. Should this measure be en- acted into law? [ ] Yes []No Advisory Vote No. 8 (Senate Bill 6505) The legislature eliminated, without a vote of the people, agricultural excise tax pref- erences for various aspects of the marijuana industry, cost- ing an estimated $24,903,000 in the first ten years, for government spending. This tax increase should be: [ ] Repealed [ ] Maintained Advisory Vote No. 9 (Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1287) The legislature imposed, without a vote of the peo- ple, the leasehold excise tax on certain leasehold inter- ests in tribal property, cost- ing an estimated $1,298,(}00" in the first ten years, for government spending. This tax increase should be: [ ] Repealed [ ] Maintained CONGRESS continued from page C-7 "cowboy jobs," according to his website. McClendon attended the University of Washington to pursue a career in medicine. He worked as an anesthesia technician for 13 years before turning to real estate. McClendon's campaign did not re- spond to repeated requests for an in- terview with the Journal. On his cam- paign website, McClendon offers his platforms on issues. McClendon said he believes the best way to boost the economy is to "impose as few restraints as possible on private property, industry, recreational oppor- tunities and trade." "Private sector job creation, entre- preneurship and keeping businesses and industries in our country and state are best achieved by minimizing business and personal taxes, limiting regulatory law and removing redun- dant and/or outdated regulations that increase cost and limit job creation," he wrote. McClendon states that he supports the rights of parents to choose govern- ment, private or home education; fa- vors "minimizing government control" on healthcare; and believes in limiting the size of government. "The days of Congress telling the people what they need are over," he wrote. "It is time for a more responsive, accountable and transparent govern- ment." He added, "The 'soft money' and special interests spend fortunes to tear down the character and ques- tion the motives of honest people who have stepped up to serve our country," he wrote on his website. "I hope that you will look past these petty attempts to divide us, and join me in reuniting Americans in a cul- ture of honor. Let's honor both what we have in common, and truly value the differences that make us stron- ger when we work together toward a noble goal." DON=T FORGET GENERAL ELECTION tALLOWS ARE DUE NOV, 4 ,> I" 1111 ...... ' ......... T ~IT ..... m ~ ~r-'- ..... -rr ~"- -',r " ..........