Klickitat County’s 2014 Primary Election ballot will feature two contested races for local elective office.
The contests for PUD Commissioner No. 2 and West District Court judge — both non-partisan positions — drew three candidates each during the official May 12-16 filing period. The field in each race will be trimmed to the top two vote-getters for the General Election in November.
Sherry L. Carver and Jonathan Lewis, both of Goldendale, filed to take on incumbent PUD Commissioner Dan Gunkel of Goldendale. The office carries a 6-year term.
Running for West District Court judge (and a 4-year term) are attorneys Dave Brown of Bingen, Jeff Baker of Trout Lake, and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Hallock of White Salmon. Each is seeking to replace retiring Judge Robert Weisfield.
Following is a rundown of the other candidates who have filed for local partisan and non-partisan offices.
County Commissioner, District 2: Incumbent David M. Sauter, of Lyle, has filed for another 4-year term. He is being challenged by Lyle resident Michael V. Richards. Both candidates listed Republican as their party of preference. It’ll be a two-man race unless someone files as a write-in candidate before the Aug.5 primary.
County Assessor: Incumbent Darlene R. Johnson, a Republican, is being opposed by fellow Republican Crista A. Schroder, of Goldendale. The two will face off in November unless someone files as a write-in candidate before the primary.
County Auditor: No one filed to challenge incumbent Brenda Sorensen, a Lyle Republican.
County Clerk: Appointed incumbent Renea Campbell is seeking election to her first 4-year term. The Goldendale Republican drew no opposition during last week’s filing period.
County Prosecuting Attorney: First-term incumbent Lori L. Hoctor, a Goldendale Republican, has drawn a challenge from Lyle attorney David Quesnel, who stated no party preference. The term, as with all county offices, is 4 years.
County Sheriff: With Sheriff Rick McComas retiring at the end of 2014, the race to become the county’s top law enforcement officer is between current Undersheriff Marc E. Boardman and former range and timber deputy Robert L. Songer Sr. Both men are Republicans and Goldendale-area residents.
County Treasurer: Sitting Treasurer Dani Burton, a Democrat, is not running for re-election. Greg Gallagher, a Goldendale Republican, was the only candidate to file for the office.
East District Court Judge: Incumbent Rick L. Hansen did not draw any opposition during last week’s filing period. The position is non-partisan.
Also of interest to voters will be the primary contests for Congress and the state Legislature.
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Ridgefield Republican, is seeking a third 2-year term as Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, which encompasses much of southwest Washington. Her challengers during this mid-term cycle are Democrat Bob Dingethal, of Vancouver, and Republican Michael Delavar, of Washougal. Again, the top two vote-getters will advance to the General Election.
The same holds for the top two in the race to succeed Naches Republican Charles Ross as the 14th Legislative District’s Position No. 2 representative. Ross is running for Yakima County Auditor rather than seeking re-election to the Legislature.
The field lined up to run for the open seat comprises three Republicans and one Democrat. The Republicans are Gina R. McCabe, of Goldendale; Adam Yoest, of Yakima; and Ben Shoval, of Yakima. The Democrat is Paul George, of Yakima. The position carries a 2-year term.
Running unopposed for re-election to the Legislature is Rep. Norm Johnson, of Yakima, the 14th Legislative District’s Position No. 1 representative.