After less than an entire work day on the ballot, Stan Blunt has withdrawn himself from the race for Grays Harbor County Sheriff. Blunt entered the race for the office just after 3 pm on Friday, the final day of filing week, and paid the $898.68 fee to file. That fee is non-refundable.
Blunt submitted his letter to withdraw with Grays Harbor County Auditor Vern Spatz .
Spatz told KXRO that even though Sheriff Rick Scott is the only candidate for the partisan office, due to regulations imposed by the government, a ballot is required to be sent out to voters. Spatz says that for the majority of Grays Harbor, this ballot will include a single name and cost between $30,000 and $80,000 to send out. Spatz says, “It’s a shame” that regulations force them to spend this unneeded money.
Sheriff Scott was appointed to the position in October of last year when Sheriff Mike Whelan retired. Both Scott and Whelan had served the county for 35 years, and is now running unopposed.