As Filing Week ended in Grays Harbor, 115 total candidates came out for offices impacting Grays Harbor.
Grays Harbor County Commissioner Wes Cormier saw 2 challengers added on Friday. Al Smith and Jamie Nichols, both of Montesano, filed to replace the sitting Commissioner.
Commissioner Frank Gordon will face Randy Ross of Aberdeen, Judge David Mistachkin will face McCleary lawyer Kyle Imler, and PUD Commissioner Dave Timmons will be facing David Jennings of Aberdeen.
In Pacific County, current County Commissioners Steve Rogers and Frank Wolfe saw 2 challengers for their office as the week ended. On Friday, Lisa Olsen of South Bend filed against Rogers, while Fred Hill of Ocean Park is running against Wolfe.
Regionally, Mike Coverdale of Westport is running against Representative Derek Kilmer to represent our area on the national level.
In District 19 for South Grays Harbor and Pacific County, Sue Kuehl Pederson of Aberdeen is running against Dean Takko for the seat he was elected to last fall, Jim Walsh, also of Aberdeen, is challenging JD Rosetti for the seat he was appointed to following the Takko promotion, and Grayland’s Jimi O’Hagan has challenged Brian Blake of Aberdeen.
For District 24 and the Olympic Peninsula, no local candidates are looking to fill the open seat to replace Senator Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam as he announced his retirement from that office. Representative Kevin Van De Wege of Sequim announced his intention to transition into that seat, facing an opponent from Port Ludlow.
Tammy Ramsay of Hoquiam will be facing 2 challengers for the seat currently held by Van De Wege, while no local representation will be seen for Representative Steve Tharinger’s seat.
Residents from throughout Washington filed, although no local candidates are running for statewide offices such as Governor or State Senator.