Nine more hopefuls file in Clallam County races

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PORT ANGELES — A second primary race took shape Wednesday after nine more candidates filed to run for public office in Clallam County, the Auditor’s Office reported.

The field of candidates who have filed their election forms grew from 32 to 41 on the third day of filing week for the Nov. 5 general election.

If more than two candidates file for one position, they all will face off in the Aug. 6 primary, with the top two vote-getters advancing to the general election.

A third challenger, Sean Ryan, filed Wednesday to run for the Clallam County Fire District No. 3 commissioner seat held by James Barnfather.

Barnfather will face off against Charles Perdomo and Ryan in the all-mail primary.

Fire District No. 3, which covers the greater Sequim area, has 23,047 registered voters, County Auditor Patty Rosand said.

A primary race developed Tuesday after filings were made for the Sequim School Board, District 2.

Craig Stevenson, John Clark Yeo and Michael Howe each has filed paperwork to run for the seat currently held by Virginia O’Neil, who had not filed as of Wednesday.

A portion of Sequim School District is located in Jefferson County in the Gardiner area.

All told, 44 seats are open on the governing boards of the Port of Port Angeles; the cities of Port Angeles, Sequim and Forks; and the school, hospital, fire and water districts.

All the positions are nonpartisan.

Here is a list of the nine candidates who filed Wednesday:

■ Incumbent John Hillcar — Forks City Council, Position 2.

■ Debby Fuson — Port Angeles School Board, Position 1. She is challenging incumbent Sarah Methner, who filed Monday.

■ Incumbent Holly Rose — Crescent School Board, Position 1.

■ Incumbent Sandra Criss — Crescent School Board, Position 2.

■ Incumbent Dara Peppard — Crescent School Board, Position 5.

■ Incumbent David Burt — Clallam County Fire District No. 1 commissioner, Position 3.

■ Sean Ryan — Clallam County Fire District No. 3 commissioner, Position 3.

■ Incumbent Christopher Christie — Clallam County Fire District No. 4 commissioner, Position 5.

■ Adam Sullivan — Sequim Park and Recreation District 1 commissioner, Position 2.

Those are added to the 24 who filed Monday and the eight who filed Tuesday.

Candidates can file their declarations of candidacy for any seats up for election in person at the Auditor’s Office in the basement of the county courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. today through Friday.

Declarations also can be printed from the county elections Web page at and submitted by mail to Clallam County Elections, 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 1, Port Angeles, WA, 98362.

They must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday and will not be valid if they are only postmarked by that date.

Last modified: May 15. 2013 5:27PM
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