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*Note: We only publish information based on candidates registered through the FEC or PDC. Our focus is based on what will be on the ballots to registered voters in Clallam County.

US Senator

Partisan or nonpartisan: Partisan

Filing Fee: $1740

Election boundaries: Washington State

Term: Six years, Ends 12/31/2018

Salary: $174,000 with annual cost-of-living increases; Full Time

Senate members receive health and retirement benefits under the same plans available to other federal employees. Members can participate in the Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal Employees’ Retirement System.

Eligibility requirements: Senator must be at least thirty years, have been a citizen of the United States for nine years, and must be an inhabitant of the State in which they are running.

Compensations:  The 435 members of the house draft bills and votes to enact federal laws. All congressional spending bills are initiated in the House. House members elect the president if the Electoral College is deadlocked.

Duties:  The 100 members of the Senate draft bills and vote to enact federal laws. The Senate has several exclusive powers not granted to the House of Representatives, including consenting to treaties as a precondition to their ratification and consenting or confirmation of appointments of Cabinet secretaries, federal judges, other federal executive officials, military officers, and other federal uniformed officers, as well as trying federal officials impeached by the House. The Senate is considered a more prestigious body than the House of Representatives because of its longer terms, smaller membership and larger constituencies.

Candidates: Maria Cantwell (D), incumbent; Thor Amundson (I); David Bryant (R); Jon Butler (I); Brad Chase (FDFR Party); Art Coday (R); Rocky De La Fuente (R); Jimmie Deal (Green Party); Jennifer “GiGi” Ferguson (D); Joseph “Joey” Gibson (R); GoodSpaceGuy (R); Matt Hawkins (R); Matthew Heines (R); Ron Higgins (R); Steve Hoffman (I – Freedom Socialist); Susan Hutchison (R); Charlie Jackson (I); George Kalberer (D); Mike Luke (L); John Orlinski (R); Tim Owen (R); Don Rivers (D); Mohammad Said (D); RC Smith (R); Glen Stockwell (R); David Strider (I); Keith Swank (R); Clint Tannehill (D); Alex Tsimerman (I – Stand Up America); Sam Wright (I – The Human Rights Party);

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CONGRESSIONAL 6: US House of Representatives, 6th District

Partisan or nonpartisan: Partisan

Filing Fee: $1740

Election boundaries:  Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Mason, Kitsap and Thurston counties, and part of Tacoma in Pierce County.

Term: Two years; Term Ends 12/31/2018

Salary: $174,000; Full Time; House members can deduct, for income tax purpose, living expenses of up to $3,000 per year incurred while away from their congressional district or home state.

Eligibility requirements: Representative must be at least twenty-five years old, have been a citizen of the United States for the past seven years, and be an inhabitant of the state they seek to represent.

Duties:  The 435 members of the house draft bills and votes to enact federal laws. All congressional spending bills are initiated in the House. House members elect the president if the Electoral College is deadlocked.

Candidates: Derek Kilmer (D), Incumbent; Douglas Dightman (R); Tyler Vega (P)

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LEGISLATIVE 24: State Representative 24th District, Position 1

Partisan or nonpartisan: Partisan

Filing Fee: $477.76

Election boundaries: The 24th District includes Clallam and Jefferson counties and the northern half of Grays Harbor County, Including Hoquiam, Montesano and Ocean Shores but not Aberdeen.

Term: Two years; Term Ends 12/31/2018

Meetings: The legislative session is 60 days in even-numbered years and 105 days in odd-numbered years.

Salary: $42,106 annually, and a per diem of $120 a day while the Legislature is in session.

Eligibility requirements: U.S. Citizen, registered voter in the district they will represent.

Duties: House members draft bills, vote on state laws, address constituents’ complaints and concerns, and participate on legislative and regional communities. They approve a state general fund budget.

Candidates: Mike Chapman (D), Incumbent; Jodi Wilke (R)

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LEGISLATIVE 24: State Representative 24th District, Position 2

Partisan or nonpartisan: Partisan

Filing Fee: $477.76

Election boundaries: The 24th District includes Clallam and Jefferson counties and the northern half of Grays Harbor County, Including Hoquiam, Montesano and Ocean Shores but not Aberdeen.

Term: Two years; Term Ends 12/31/2018

Meetings: The legislative session is 60 days in even-numbered years and 105 days in odd-numbered years.

Salary: $47,776 annually, and a per diem of $120 a day while the Legislature is in session; Full Time

Eligibility requirements: U.S. Citizen, Registered voter in the district they will represent

Duties: House members draft bills, vote on state laws, address constituents’ complaints and concerns, and participate on legislative and regional communities. They approve a state general fund budget.

Candidates: Steve Tharinger (D), Incumbent; James (Jim) McEntire (R)

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COUNTYWIDE: Clallam County Assessor

Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan

Filing Fee: $814.86

Election boundaries:  Countywide

Term: Four years

Salary: $86,285; Full Time. Medical, dental, and vision plan identical to the one provided to members of the Local 1619-MP bargaining unit. Life/accidental death and dismemberment insurance in the amount of $50,000 and long-term disability insurance. 2% contribution to a 401(a) plan.

Eligibility requirements: Must be a registered voter.

Duties: The county assessor generally determine the fair market value for property so that taxes are fairly and equitably distributed. The Assessor typically locates and identifies all taxable property in their county, and further identifies the ownership of the property. Assessors establish a value for all property subject to property taxation, lists the values of all property on the assessment roll, and applies all legal exemptions.

Candidates: Pamela Rushton, Incumbent

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COUNTYWIDE: Clallam County Auditor

Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan

Filing Fee: $794.98

Election boundaries:  Countywide

Term: Four years; Term Ends 12/31/2018

Meetings: Work sessions every Monday, regular meetings every Tuesday.

Salary: $86,285, Full Time.  Medical, dental, and vision plan identical to the one provided to members of the Local 1619-MP bargaining unit. Life/accidental death and dismemberment insurance in the amount of $50,000 and long-term disability insurance. 2% contribution to a 401(a) plan.

Eligibility requirements: Must be a registered voter

Duties: The auditor is responsible for submitting, for approval by county commissioners a general fund budget. The auditor records real property documents such as deeds, land transfers and community property agreements’ processes vehicle and vessel licenses for the state Department of Licensing’ oversees the county elections division’ audits county expenditures’ issues and records marriage licenses; processes passports and issues nosiness licenses.

Candidates: Shoona Riggs, Incumbent

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COUNTYWIDE: Clallam County Director of Community Development

Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan

Filing Fee: $794.98

Election boundaries:  Countywide

Term: Four years; Term Ends 12/31/2018

Salary: $86,285; Full Time. Medical, dental, and vision plan identical to the one provided to members of the Local 1619-MP bargaining unit. Life/accidental death and dismemberment insurance in the amount of $50,000 and long-term disability insurance. 2% contribution to a 401(a) plan.

Eligibility requirements: Must be a registered voter.

Duties: The only elected community development director in the nation is responsible for submitting, for approval by county commissioners, a general fund budget that in 2014 is $2.2 million and that pays the salaries of 18 full-time-equivalent positions. The current director also serves as county building official and fire marshal. The director advises county commissioners on and administers law related to the environment, land-use permits, land and shoreline development, natural resources, zoning, land division, building and fire codes, watershed planning and mining and agriculture land-use issues.

Candidates: Mary Ellen Winborn, Incumbent; Julieanna Gardiner.

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COUNTYWIDE: Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney

Partisan or nonpartisan: Partisan

Filing Fee: $1359.91

Election boundaries:  Countywide

Term: Four years; Term Ends 12/31/2018

Salary: $153,588.19; Full Time. Medical, dental, and vision plan identical to the one provided to members of the Local 1619-MP bargaining unit. Life/accidental death and dismemberment insurance in the amount of $50,000 and long-term disability insurance. 2% contribution to a 401(a) plan.

Eligibility requirements: Must be a registered voter

Duties: The prosecuting attorney is responsible for submitting, for approval by county commissioner a general fund budget. The person also acts as legal advisor to county commissioners and department heads and all other county officials, precinct officers and county school board members, and the prosecuting attorney represents that county and school districts in criminal and civil proceedings.

Candidates: Mark Nichols (R), Incumbent; Selinda Barkhuis (NP)

 

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COUNTYWIDE: Clallam County Sheriff

Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan

Filing Fee: $1043.09

Election boundaries:  Countywide

Term: Four years

Salary: $124,251.12; Full Time. Medical, dental, and vision plan identical to the one provided to members of the Local 1619-MP bargaining unit. Life/accidental death and dismemberment insurance in the amount of $50,000 and long-term disability insurance. 2% contribution to a 401(a) plan.

Eligibility requirements: Must be a registered voter

Duties: Provide emergency response, law enforcement and public safety services. A County Sheriff is the head county law enforcement officer and oversees the county’s law enforcement department, including the deputies and administrative support for the Sheriff’s Department. County Sheriff’s typically enforce the law in unincorporated areas within a county, but they also will sometimes provide law enforcement services to municipalities that do not have their own police department. County Sheriffs are also in charge of county jails, and are sometimes called upon to serve subpoenas, protection orders, and eviction notices.

Candidates: William Benedict, Incumbent; Jim McLaughlin

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COUNTYWIDE: Clallam County Treasurer

Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan

Filing Fee: $775.60

Election boundaries:  Countywide

Term: Four years

Salary: $86,285 annually. Medical, dental, and vision plan identical to the one provided to members of the Local 1619-MP bargaining unit. Life/accidental death and dismemberment insurance in the amount of $50,000 and long-term disability insurance. 2% contribution to a 401(a) plan.

Eligibility requirements: Must be a registered voter

Duties: Acts as the “bank” for the county, school/fire/water districts. The office receipts, disburses, invests and accounts for the funds of each of these entities

Candidates: Teresa Marchi

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COUNTY COMMISSIONER: County Commissioner District 3

Partisan or nonpartisan: Partisan

Filing Fee: $794.98

Election boundaries:  District 3: Beaver 204, Black Diamond 208, Bogachiel 212, Clallam Bay 215, Dry Creek 224, Elwha 230, Forks 301 and 302, Freshwater Bay 233, Joyce 241, Madison Creek 248, Neah Bay 252, Port Angeles 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, and 113, Quileute 262, Sun 269

Term: Four years; Term Ends 12/31/2018

Meetings: Work sessions every Monday, regular meetings every Tuesday.

Salary: $86,285 annually; $60-a-month car allowance; Full Time; Medical, dental, and vision plan identical to the one provided to members of the Local 1619-MP bargaining unit. Life/accidental death and dismemberment insurance in the amount of $50,000 and long-term disability insurance. 2% contribution to a 401(a) plan

Eligibility requirements: Must be a registered voter

Duties: Commissioners pass a general fund budget which covers 364 full-time-equivalent positions, set a tax levy, approve county ordinances, approve the hiring of all employees and all terminations except for charter-exempt positions, serve on regional and statewide boards, and serve on the county Board of Health, which meets monthly.

Candidates: Bill Peach (R), Incumbent; Mike Doherty (D); Dale Wilson (NP)

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COUNTYWIDE: Court of Appeals Judge –Division II, District 2, Position 2

Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan

Filing Fee: $1777.08

Election boundaries:  Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason and Thurston

Term: Six years

Salary: $181,263 (effective 9/1/2018)

Duties: The Court of Appeals is divided into three divisions. Each division serves a specific geographic area of the state. Division II in Tacoma has seven judges. Most cases appealed from superior courts go directly to the Court of Appeals. It is a non-discretionary appellate court–it must accept all appeals filed with it. The Court of Appeals has authority to reverse (overrule), remand (send back to the lower court), modify, or affirm the decision of the lower court.  The court decides each case after reviewing the transcript of the record in the superior court and considering the arguments of the parties. Generally, the court hears oral arguments in each case but does not take live testimony.  Judges of each division also appoint commissioners who decide some motions that come before the court. Commissioners also perform additional duties that promote the effective administration of the court.

Candidates: Rebecca Glasgow

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STATEWIDE: Supreme Court Justice – Position 2

Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan

Filing Fee: $1866.81

Election boundaries:  State

Term: Six years

Salary: $190,415 (effective 9/1/2018); Full Time

Eligibility requirements: Candidates should have been admitted to practice law in the state and younger than the mandated retirement age of 75.

Duties: The Washington State Supreme Court serves as the state’s highest court and receives cases from the Appellate and Superior courts. It will however generally grant review only if the case involves a question of conflicting appellate court decisions, an important constitutional question, or a question of substantial public importance. Its opinions are published, become the law of the state, and set precedent for subsequent cases decided in Washington.

Candidates: Susan Owens, Incumbent

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STATEWIDE: Supreme Court Justice – Position 8

Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan

Filing Fee: $1866.81

Election boundaries:  State

Term: Six years

Salary: $190,415 (effective 9/1/2018); Full Time

Eligibility requirements: Candidates should have been admitted to practice law in the state and younger than the mandated retirement age of 75.

Duties: The Washington State Supreme Court serves as the state’s highest court and receives cases from the Appellate and Superior courts. It will however generally grant review only if the case involves a question of conflicting appellate court decisions, an important constitutional question, or a question of substantial public importance. Its opinions are published, become the law of the state, and set precedent for subsequent cases decided in Washington.

Candidates: Steve Gonzalez, Incumbent; Nathan Choi; Douglas Federspiel

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STATEWIDE: Supreme Court Justice – Position 9

Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan

Filing Fee: $1866.81

Election boundaries:  State

Term: Six years

Salary: $190,415 (effective 9/1/2018); Full Time

Eligibility requirements: Candidates should have been admitted to practice law in the state and younger than the mandated retirement age of 75.

Duties: The Washington State Supreme Court serves as the state’s highest court and receives cases from the Appellate and Superior courts. It will however generally grant review only if the case involves a question of conflicting appellate court decisions, an important constitutional question, or a question of substantial public importance. Its opinions are published, become the law of the state, and set precedent for subsequent cases decided in Washington.

Candidates: Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Incumbent; Stanley Lippmann;

 

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COURT DISTRICT 1: Judge – District Court 1

Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan

Filing Fee: $1610.92

Election boundaries:  Diamond Point (Precinct 221) west to the west end of Lake Crescent (Precinct 241).

Term: Four years; Term Ends 12/31/2018

Salary: $164,313 (effective 9/1/2018); Full Time

Eligibility requirements: Candidates should have been admitted to practice law in the state and younger than the mandated retirement age of 75.

Duties: The District Court judge is responsible for submitting, for approval by county commissioners. The judge has jurisdiction over criminal cases including misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors and criminal traffic cases. With the exception of DUI and some game violations, that judge can apply sentences of up to $5,000 in fines, a year in jail or both for criminal offenses. The judge also issues small-claims awards of up to $4,000.

Candidates: Suzanne Hayden; Dave Neupert; Pam Lindquist

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COURT DISTRICT 2: Judge – District Court 2

Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan

Filing Fee: $966.55

Election boundaries: Precincts – Beaver 204, Clallam Bay 215, Bogachiel 212, Forks 301, Forks 302, Sun 269, Quileute 262, Neah Bay 252

Term: Four years

Salary: $92,902; Full Time

Eligibility requirements: Candidates should have been admitted to practice law in the state and younger than the mandated retirement age of 75.

Duties: District courts have jurisdiction over both criminal and civil cases. They have criminal jurisdiction over misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and criminal traffic cases. Jurisdiction in civil cases includes those with damages up to $100,000 for injury to individuals or personal property, as well as penalty and contract disputes up to $100,000. District courts also have jurisdiction over traffic and non-traffic infractions. District courts may also issue domestic violence and anti-harassment protection orders and no-contact orders. They have jurisdiction to hear name change petitions and certain lien foreclosures. Small claims are limited to money claims of up to $5,000 in which each party is generally self-represented.

Candidates: John Black; Erik Rohrer

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PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICT 1: Commissioner District 3

Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan

Filing Fee: $274.20

Election boundaries:  West part of county.

Term: Six years

Meetings: Commissioners’ meetings are open to the public and start at 1:30 p.m.  Meetings are generally held every Monday at the PUD boardroom in the Port Angeles office. Agendas and notice of location is available prior to meetings on our Commission Meetings page.

Salary: $27,420 plus, per diem payment of $114 for PUD meetings and attendance at PUD-related events to a maximum of $15,960, putting total maximum compensation at $43,380. 75 cents per mile compensation for use of a personal vehicle for PUD-related business compared to the IRS rate of 54.5 cents per mile. Medical benefits.

Duties: Clallam County Public Utility District #1 is directed by a three-member board of commissioners elected by citizens of the county. Each commissioner represents a different sector of the county and serves a six-year term. Each commissioner also represents the District as a delegate to various business organizations. The terms are staggered so that a different commissioner stands for election every two years.

The Commissioners set utility policies and hire a General Manager to implement those policies.  Washington RCW Chapter 54.12 governs Public Utility District Commissioners.

Board positions of president, vice president, and secretary are established by the commissioners themselves on December of each year for the ensuing two years.

Candidates: Ted Simpson, Incumbent; James (Jim) Waddell.


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