More than $39,000 goes into race for Clallam judgeship

By Paul Gottlieb
Peninsula Daily News

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PUD contest lures more money than county commissioner race

PORT ANGELES — Challenger Maggie Roth of Port Angeles has raised $1,000 more in general election campaign contributions than incumbent Clallam County Commissioner Mike Chapman.

Meanwhile, public utility district incumbent Ted Simpson has a larger war chest than challenger Cindy Kelly, according to state Public Disclosure Commission records.

Roth, a 58-year-old Republican and retired operations manager for the closed Northwest Duty Free Store, has raised $6,349 to Chapman’s $4,981 in the race for Chapman’s Port Angeles-area District 2 seat on the Clallam County board.

Chapman, 49, a former Republican, has no party preference.

Kelly and Simpson have raised a combined $35,782 in their race for the District 3 seat on the Clallam County Public Utility District commission.

Kelly, 55, manager of the Dry Creek Water Association, has raised $13,531 and Simpson $22,251.

Kelly has donated $4,200 to her campaign.

Simpson, 70, the owner-president of Angeles Electric Inc. in Port Angeles, has donated $16,500 to his campaign and loaned his campaign $5,000.

Kelly’s contributions includes $1,000 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 77 Political Action Committee of Seattle.

The county commissioner position pays $63,348 a year and includes a $400 monthly car allowance.

The PUD position pays $1,800 a month and $104 a day for each day spent on PUD business for up to $36,160 a year in compensation.

Below are the contributions of $100 or more to the Roth, Chapman, Kelly and Simpson campaigns.

Contribution totals for Mike Chapman were provided by Chapman, who was not required to file disclosure reports because he raised under $5,000.

Candidates also received contributions of under $100.

Chapman’s contributors

■   $250: Mark Smith, Sequim; Jojaco Properties L.L.C., Sequim.

■   $200: George Chandler, John Benham, Sequim.

■   $150: Josey Paul, Joyce.

■   $100: Charles Strickland, Harry Bell, Rosemary Cockrill, Bill Roberds, all of Port Angeles; and High Energy Metals Inc. and S. P. Tondreau, Sequim.

Roth’s contributors

■   $750: Don Alexander, Sequim.

■   $600: Republican Women of Clallam County, Sequim.

■   $500: Chuck Stacie, Mike Stacie, Sequim; Deb Kelly, Tom LaRosa, Leila Roberts, all of Port Angeles.

■   $400: Louie’s Well Drilling, Port Angeles.

■   $300: Theodore Cordua, Sequim.

■   $250: Claudia Cookson, Port Angeles

■   $100: Michael Backes, Don Blevins, Dick Pilling, Richard Hale, Mike Z. Absher, Mark A. Marinaro, Susan Shotthafer, all of Port Angeles; Jim Buck, Joyce; Peter and Gayla Heisel, R.C. McGonigel, Steve Marble, all of Sequim.

Kelly’s contributors

■   $900: Robert A. Klein, Port Angeles.

■   $500: Dennis Yakovich, Port Angeles.

■   $200: Harley Oien, Port Angeles.

■   $150: Sissi Bruch, Lisa Hitt, Port Angeles.

■   $100: Bruce Ferguson, Keith Winter, Port Angeles.

Simpson contributor

■   $100: Katie Ellefson-Haag, Forks.
PORT ANGELES — The Nov. 6 general election race for Clallam County Superior Court Position 1 has generated $39,092 in campaign contributions, with Forks-area Clallam County District Court Judge Erik Rohrer outraising opponent Chris Melly by a more than 2-1 margin, according to state Public Disclosure Commission records.

That’s more than any election contest in Clallam County, although the Jefferson County Superior Court race between Quilcene lawyer Peggy Ann Bierbaum and Port Townsend lawyer Keith Harper has generated $64,784, making it the most expensive general election contest on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Rohrer, 54, a West End resident, has raised $27,761, of which more than $23,000 came out of his own pocket.

Rohrer donated $14,000 to his campaign and loaned it $9,350.

“It’s important to me that when I do something, I do it to the best of my ability,” Rohrer said last week.

“Getting out the message across the county is expensive,” he said.

“I’m committed to this campaign, and it’s worth it to me to invest money in it.”

Rohrer’s campaign expenditures include print and radio advertising and mailers.

He also has doorbelled, mostly in Sequim and Port Angeles, he said.

Melly, 61, Clallam County’s hearing examiner, has raised $11,376, including $6,396 that consisted of in-kind contributions, mostly expenses for advertising that Melly said he put on a credit card.

“I don’t study these things,” Melly said last week.

Melly also loaned his campaign $3,500.

“My wife and I decided we have a finite amount of money we could put into this, and I’m sure Erik did the same thing.”

His campaign sent out a general request for help, including contributions, Melly said.

“That’s the solicitation that’s been made,” he said.

Melly said he has confined his advertising expenditures to print media.

“For the most part, these things are self-financed,” he said.

Melly and Rohrer are running for the position being vacated by Ken Williams, who is retiring.

The position pays $148,832 a year.

Below are contributions of $100 or more to Melly’s and Rohrer’s campaigns from Clallam County.

Candidates also received contributions of under $100.

Melly’s contributors

■   $500: Dorothy Melly, Port Angeles.

■   $200: Ed Chadd, Port Angeles.

■   $100: Dave Cameron, Carlsborg; Diane Ralston, Port Angeles; Christopher Shea, Sequim.

Rohrer’s contributors

■   $500: Bill Peach, Forks.

■   $200: Judith Tozzer, Sequim.

■   $125: Jack E. Zaccardo, Jennifer K. Zaccardo, Beaver.

■   $100: William Benedict, Kristin P. Glenn, Michael Glenn, Virginia O’Neil, Sharon P. Pickett, all of Sequim; James Bennett, Forks; John D. Black, Becky Doherty, John Doherty, all of Port Angeles.


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

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