Mason County News
Updated Primary Election Results as of 5 PM 8/8/18
More ballots from Tuesday’s Primary Election were counted Wednesday. No significant changes in the lasted unofficial numbers.
In the race for Mason County Commissioner District 3, Democrat Kevin Schmelzlen remains at the top with 40.04% of the vote (1,526 votes) followed by Republican Sharon Trask with 30.94% (1,170 votes). The others in the race are Mary Jo Cady (15.82% or 603 votes) and Kathy Chaussee (13.2% or 503 votes). Schmelzlen will face Trask in the November election for the seat currently held by Terri Drexler who is retiring.
The leaders in the race for Mason County District Court Judge are George Steele with 31.69% (3,499 votes) and Eric Valley with 25.7% (2,838 votes). The others in the race are John Bonin (16.84% or 1,860 votes), Stephen Greer (15.97% or 1,764 votes), and Eugene Austin (9.8% or 1,082 votes). Steele and Valley will face off in the General Election for the seat currently held by Victoria Meadows who is retiring.
The Primary numbers for Mason County Sheriff show incumbent Casey Salisbury with a large lead over challenger Darin Holland. The latest result have Salisbury with 68.93% of the vote (8,968 votes) and Holland with 31.07% of the vote (4,041 votes). However, the two will face off in the General Election.
The Primary results for Mason County Assessor show incumbent Melody Peterson has a 434-vote lead over challenger Patti McLean. Peterson has 6,594 votes (51.7%) and McLean has 6,160 votes (48.3%). The two will face off again in November.
In the race for Mason County Auditor, there are three candidates. However, two of them are write-ins so the only numbers available are for Paddy McGuire who garnered 9,122 votes. Specifics numbers for the other two candidates (Charles Rhodes and Steve Van Denover) will not be known until the election is certified on August 21st.
There are two Democrats leading the race for 35th Legislative District State Senator. Irene Bowling has 38.7% of the vote (10,945 votes) and incumbent Tim Sheldon has 35.1% of the vote (9,928 votes). The other three candidates in the race are Republicans: John Martin with 12.25% of the vote (3,464 votes), Marco Brown with 9.62% (2,721 votes), and George Sevier with 4.33% (1,225 votes). Bowling will face Sheldon in the General Election.
In the 35th District State Representative Position 1 race, incumbent Republican Dan Griffey leads Democrat James Thomas 52.21% to 47.79%. Griffey has 14,743 votes to Thomas’ 13,496 votes. The two will face off in November.
In the 35th District State Representative Position 2 race, Democratic challenger David Dagget leads incumbent Republican Drew MacEwen 51.23% to 48.77%. Daggett has 14,418 votes to MacEwen’s 13,724. Both will be on the General Election ballot.
In the race for Congressional District 6 U.S. Representative, incumbent Democrat Derek Kilmer leads with 64.08% of the vote followed by Republican Douglas Dightman’s 32.45%. There are three candidates in this race.
In the race for Congressional District 10 U.S. Representative, incumbent Democrat Denny Heck leads with 59.25% of the vote followed by Republican Joseph Brumbles with 31.65%. There are five candidates in this race including one write in.
Out of the 29 candidates running for U.S. Senate, incumbent Democrat Maria Cantwell leads with 55.41% of the vote followed by Republican Susan Hutison who garnered 24.04%.
More results will be released Thursday as there are over 300,000 ballots still to be counted statewide including about 3,100 in Mason County, over 25,000 in Kitsap County, and 8,500 left in Kitsap County.
Election officials in the Mason County Auditor’s Office counted an additional 1,100 ballots Wednesday. So far, 13,997 ballots have been counted in the County bringing the turnout to 36.2%.
The turnout statewide is 28.26%.