Jefferson County Superior Court race most expensive on Peninsula [**Corrected**]

By Paul Gottlieb
Peninsula Daily News

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County commissioner races lure contributions [**Corrected: See note at upper left**]

PORT TOWNSEND — Two Democratic incumbents and two Republican challengers have raised a combined $54,273 in their pursuit of two positions on the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners.

Democratic incumbent David Sullivan, 60, of Cape George and his challenger, Republican Tim Thomas, 42, of Irondale, have raised $37,974 in their efforts to win the Port Hadlock-area District 2 position, according to state Public Disclosure Commission records.

Thomas, owner of Brent Ericsen Excavating Inc. of Port Townsend, has raised $16,695 to Sullivan's $14,279.

Democratic incumbent Phil Johnson, 66, of Port Townsend is facing former Port Townsend City Councilman Geoff Masci, 64, a Republican.

Combined, they have raised $23,299 in their general election face-off for the Port Townsend-area District 1 county commissioner seat.

Johnson raised $14,657 in contributions to Masci's $8,642 in contributions.

Johnson and Sullivan, both bidding for a third term, have each received $6,000 from the Jefferson County Democrats of Port Townsend, the largest amount in both races.

Masci and Thomas each received $2,000 from the Jefferson County Republican Central Committee of Chimacum.

The position pays $63,348 annually and includes a $400 a month car allowance.

Below are the other contributions to the candidates of $100 or more from Jefferson County.

Candidates also received contributions of under $100.

Johnson's contributors

■   $500: Michael Felber, Port Townsend.

■   $289.35: Warren J. Westall, Port Townsend.

■   $241.18: Deborah C. Zajicek, Port Townsend.

■   $200: John Fabian, Port Ludlow.

■   $125: Peter F. Bahls, Judith L. Rubin, David Woodruff, Jeanette Woodruff, all of Port Townsend.

■   $100: John A. Austin Jr., Port Ludlow; Kristin Berg, Ben Critchlow, Richard Davies, Owen Fairbank, Ms. R. Gordon, Burton Howells, Fayette Krause, Peter O. Lauritzen, Kim Rafferty, Rodger Schmitt, Sheila Westerman DBA Park Place, Brent Shirley, Ms. Andree E. Siu, Peter Von Christierson, all of Port Townsend.

Masci's contributors

■   $1,350: Elizabeth A. Porter, Port Hadlock.

■ $500: Gregory Jacobsen, Port Townsend.

■ $450: A.W. Porter, Port Hadlock.

■ $200: Timothy A. Perry, Port Ludlow.

■ $150: Harvey Putterman, Richard Stelow, both of Port Townsend.

■ $125: Richard A. Broders, Port Townsend.

■ $100: Bert L. Bergman, Barbara Bradford, Mary Davidson-Moore, Frank M. Durbin, K.R. Farr, L. E. Farr, Sidney Lipton, James B. Marshall, Maria B. Miller, Real Robles, Marilyn J. Seaton, Gary Smith, Robert H. Sokol, Peggy A. Staley, Tammy L. Sukert, Richard Walcome, David S. Whitney, all of Port Townsend; Melissa B. Carlson-Michaels, Susan Richardson, Port Hadlock; Republican Women of Jefferson County, Port Ludlow.

Sullivan's contributors

■   $500: Rick Zajicek, Port Townsend.

■   $250: Michael Felber, Karen Hackenberg, Port Townsend.

■   $125: Robin Ornelas, Gabriel E. Ornelas, Port Townsend.

■   $100: John A. Austin Jr., Donna Fabian, John Fabian, all of Port Ludlow; Owen Fairbank, Ruth Gordon, Fayette F. Krause, Brenda M. McMillan, all of Port Townsend.

Thomas' contributors

■   $1,150: L.D. Richert Construction, Port Townsend.

■   $500: Carl's Building Supply, Port Hadlock; John Geiser, Port Townsend.

■   $400: Shold Excavating Inc., Port Hadlock.

■   $350: Marilyn Seton, Port Townsend.

■   $300: Carey Cantrell, Port Townsend.

■   $250: Fred Hauser, Jay Lawrence, Pamela Purdon, all of Port Townsend; Wesley O. Reed, Port Hadlock.

■   $200: Bernt Ericsen, Marlene Ericsen, Marcia Reidel, allof Port Townsend; Joshua B. Mahan, Quilcene.

■   $181: George Hubbard, Port Ludlow.

■   $175: Andrea Gieser, Sidney Lipton, Port Townsend.

■   $125: Vernon Mullins, Virginia Mullins, Port Townsend.

■   $100: Barbara J. Bradford, D.S. Clark, Joseph Daubenberger, Sandy Ellis, Joyce Hawkins, Geoff Masci, Elaine Shore, R.H. Sokol, Cathi White, all of Port Townsend; Craig Durgan, George Hubbard, both of Port Ludlow; Jeff Monroe, Quilcene; Roger Short, Chimacum.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Corrects original report. Shold Excavating's donation in box at right incorrectly appeared under David Sullivan's name. The donation was made to challenger Tim N. Thomas, and has been corrected.

PORT TOWNSEND — The general election race for Jefferson County Superior Court judge between Quilcene lawyer Peggy Ann Bierbaum and Port Townsend lawyer Keith Harper has generated $64,784, making it the most expensive general election race in Jefferson and Clallam counties, according to state Public Disclosure Commission records.

They are running for the seat being vacated by Craddock Verser, who is retiring.

Harper, 59, has raised $43,949.

He has contributed $20,000 to his own campaign and loaned it $10,000.

“My wife and I made a commitment,” Harper said. “I was going to do whatever I had to do to win.

“We took this on as a major commitment.”

Bierbaum, 55, has contributed $7,250 to her campaign.

Both have spent campaign money on print advertising and signs, and have intensively doorbelling, they said.

Bierbaum also produced an interview she posted on YouTube that runs regularly on Port Townsend TV, she said.

Bierbaum does not have to pay for the spot because she is a member of the public, education and government access television station, she said.

The Superior Court position pays $148,832 a year.

Below are contributions of $100 or more to Bierbaum's and Harper's campaigns from North Olympic Peninsula residents.

Candidates also received contributions of less than $100.

Bierbaum's contributors

■   $500: James Doros, Port Hadlock.

■   $300: Connie Gallant, Quilcene.

■   $250 Deete Broderson, Marie Broderson, both of Brinnon; Betsy Fletcher, Wendell Nicholson, Carl Nomura, Leanne Ryweck, Michael D. Ziara, all of Port Townsend; Dian Holt, Sequim; Larry McKeehan, Port Ludlow.

■   $200: Richard Davies, Port Townsend; Arthur Kobayashi, Port Ludlow; Jack Tice, Port Hadlock.

■   $150: Gail R. Boulter, Ann Marie Fountain, both of Port Townsend.

■   $100: Mike Belenski, Harriet Capron, Alan Greenwald, Jack L. Hensel, Dwight Honaker, Robert Marett, Susan Marett, Harvey Putterman, Stanley Robichaux, Cindy Thayer, Linda Yakush, all of Port Townsend; Charlene Erickson, Port Ludlow; Brent Bierbaum, Harry Goodrich, Frances Joswick, Robert Rosen, all of Quilcene; Lisa Painter, Judy Ann Peterson, Nordland; H.C. Tassi, all of Port Angeles.

Harper's contributors

■   $1,000: Cheri Fritz, Port Townsend.

■   $500: Rich and Dick Gastfield, Jim McCarron, all of Port Townsend.

■   $300: David Gooding, Port Townsend.

■   $250: Jay Lawrence, John Raymond, both of Port Townsend.

■   $200: Ethel Crutcher, Mary Davidson Moore, David Gooding, Jim Worthington, Richard L. Shanneyfelt, all of Port Townsend.

■   $225: Juelanne Dalzell, Port Townsend.

■   $150: David Chuljian, Arne Sather, Michele Sather, allof Port Townsend; Vedra Wilson, Quilcene.

■   $125: Carter Huth, Mark Huth, Chuck Madison, Cynthia Madison, Susan Meyer, John Raymond, Marie Broders, all of Port Townsend.

■   $100: Terry Berge, Jean Camfield, Bob Carter, Tillie Carter, Rick Kelley, Rebecca Kimball, Mel Mefford, Kathryn Myhre, Jim Sherwood, John Staples, Marianne Walters, Penny Westerfield, Jack Bilan, Deborah Bilan, all of Port Townsend; Alan Coltharp, Shary Irwin, both of Port Ludlow.


Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5060, or at

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