SEATTLE — Only two weeks before the Nov. 3 election, many voters remain confused about Referendum 71. The measure will ask voters to approve or reject the most recent expansion of Washington state’s domestic-partnership law, which extends marriagelike state benefits to registered gay and some senior couples.
OLYMPIA — A Thurston County Superior Court judge will weigh arguments on whether to release the names of people who signed a referendum on expanded domestic partnership rights. Judge Richard Hicks is having a hearing Tuesday on his order last week to temporarily block the release, which was issued before a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that said the names can be released.
EAST WENATCHEE — G. Brian Egan hopes to unseat two-year incumbent John Sterk for East Wenatchee Water District Commission, Position 2 at the Nov. 3 general election. Commissioners meet twice a month and oversee the Water District, which provides water to East Wenatchee and parts of Douglas County. The position is a six-year term. Sterk was elected two years ago to replace Commissioner Matt Warner, who died. “My experience with the water district has been very, very good,” said Sterk. “I want to continue to contribute in a positive way ...
BRIDGEPORT — Stuart Dezellum said he was asked to challenge longtime Bridgeport School Board member Tracy Zahn by a part of the community who lost trust in the board and district. Zahn, a board member for 16 years, has never been opposed. The Bridgeport orchardist is also up for re-election on the board of the Washington State School Directors Association, a school board association, which he will lose if he’s voted out.
LEAVENWORTH — Ammy Snow wants to give Cascade School District teachers and staff a voice in district affairs and be an advocate for families with younger children as well. Carrie Sorensen believes the five years of experience she’s earned as a school board member strengthens her ability to help steer the district through some challenging times ahead. “It takes a few years to know how everything works. I think I’ve proven myself and done a good job over the last five years. I want to continue that,” said Sorensen, who ...
WENATCHEE — The city of Wenatchee would only consider condemning land to make way for a new fire station “as a last resort,” said Mayor Dennis Johnson. “That’s just not something we would want to impose on people if we could find any other way to go,” Johnson said Wednesday.
Wenatchee — Chelan County Auditor Evelyn Arnold officially resigned her post today. Chelan County commissioners appointed Chief Deputy Auditor Skip Moore as acting auditor until they choose a permanent replacement for Arnold.
Wenatchee — Chelan County commissioners on Monday appointed Chief Deputy Auditor Skip Moore as acting auditor until they can choose a replacement for longtime Auditor Evelyn Arnold, who officially resigned her post Monday. Arnold stepped down just short of her 20th year in office — and a week before the November general election — to take a job as superintendent of elections for King County. She has been working in both King County and Chelan County for the last three weeks.
WENATCHEE — The war chests for Tuesday’s election are relatively small this year. The yard signs are few. “I think what we’re seeing is we’re not having as many contested races,” said Skip Moore, acting auditor for Chelan County. “And this time around, I haven’t seen as many active campaigns for those contested races. I don’t know if it’s a case of — I don’t want to call it candidate apathy — maybe not as much passion involved as in the past.”
Ballot returns so far are slow throughout North Central Washington, but elections officials say they expect a similar voter turnout as the last odd-year general election — between 50 and 55 percent of registered voters. To be counted, ballots for today’s election must be postmarked by today, or dropped at a dropbox by 8 p.m. in locations around North Central Washington.
CHELAN — After electing a new mayor and three new council members two years ago, Chelan voters decided to stick with an incumbent this year. Actually, four of them. Skip (Cameron) Morehouse is winning his bid for re-election against challenger Bob Eier, taking 59 percent of the vote so far. He has served for three and a half years, and was elected to another four-year term.
CHELAN — Chelan voters installed a new majority on the Chelan County Fire District 7 Commission, electing two new members to the three-member board Tuesday. “I think the people out there were looking for change,” said Rick Nedrow, who captured almost 68 percent of the vote to beat incumbent Commissioner Dan Wright.
LEAVENWORTH — Cascade School Board member Carrie Sorensen holds a strong lead in defending her seat against challenger Ammy Snow, but Snow said she isn’t ready to concede just yet. Sorensen, appointed to an empty board seat in 2005 and winning election in 2006, held her own with 1,100 tallied votes to Snow’s 841. The seat was the only one contested among Cascade’s board; Teddy Rieke and Hans A. Weirich both returned to their seats without competition.
QUINCY — On Tuesday, voters approved a district reapportionment that will reduce board member districts from five to three. In a 1,028 for and 365 against vote, the school board will continue to have five directors, three of whom will reside in specific districts and two will become at-large positions.
A death in the family kept former Chelan County Auditor Evelyn Arnold from attending her own going-away party this fall. So she said she felt unsettled, as if she hadn’t had a chance to say goodbye, before leaving for her new job as King County elections supervisor.
CHELAN — Chelan City Councilman and attorney Stan Morse has announced his bid to unseat Dennis Bolz on the Chelan County PUD commission. “Energy is our world. It’s fascinating and it’s critical to everything we do in this county,” said Morse, 55, in a phone interview Thursday. “The PUD is where it’s happening. That’s where the future is taking place, that and in agriculture. I want to make a difference.”
WATERVILLE — James H. “Jim” Ruud announced Monday that he will seek a second term as Douglas County assessor. As of this morning, he is the only candidate who has filed for Douglas County assessor. Ruud, a Republican living in Waterville, said he came into the office at the peak of the real estate bubble, which was followed by a downturn in property values.
OLYMPIA — Incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., gained several new challengers Monday, including a man who would like to see the construction of orbital space colonies. Election officials began accepting filings for those who want to be candidates for public office in the upcoming August primary.