For this election, “local candidates” include offices in the County government, District Court, and the Thurston Public Utility District.
As I have noted in the prior pieces of this series, a good starting place to familiarize yourself with the candidates is the online voter’s guide. This is an online version of the paper one you probably received a week or two ago. The online version, however, includes links to campaign web sites and campaign financing details.
Among the offices within County government there are only three positions where there is a contest between two candidates. The race for Commissioner of the Public Utility District also has two candidates. For the other five non-judicial positions, the incumbent is running unopposed for reelection. Let’s focus our attention first on the races that involve actual contests between two candidates. These are the Auditor, County Commissioner (District 3), Prosecutor, and Commissioner of the Public Utility District.
The incumbent is Mary Hall, a Democrat. Hall was first elected Auditor in 2013 and she is running for re-election.
The challenger is Stuart Holmes, an Independent.
It may be worthwhile to take a pause here and point out there are no candidates running for the County’s partisan positions who describe themselves as Republicans. The easiest way to determine the political leanings of any candidate is probably to look at who’s contributed directly to the candidate’s campaign. This won’t easily answer questions about non-campaign spending – that spending made by interest groups working for or against specific issues of candidates – but a visit to the state’s Political Disclosure Commission’s website can be enlightening. In the online voter’s guide, too, there are links to “Who donated to this candidate’s campaign?” that provide the same details.
The Griffin area is within District 3 and this seat is our
district’s commissioner. We choose, in the primary, what candidates are
promoted to the General Election. But, in the General Election, all voters in
the County will be eligible to vote for the Commissioner.
Bud Blake, Independent, was elected to the seat in November 2014 and he is running for re-election.
Tye Menser, Democrat, is running to unseat Blake.
Both candidates have extensive lists of endorsements and additional information on their campaign websites. By clicking on any candidate’s name here, you will be taken to that candidate’s website.
Jon Tunheim, a Democrat and Steamboat Peninsula resident, is looking to retain his seat for another 4-year term.
Victor M. Minjares, also a Democrat, is the challenger.