Sequim’s primary and general elections races are beginning to take form.
Through the end of the workday on Friday, May 17, potential candidates can file at the Clallam County Courthouse for one of 13 key positions that affect Sequim.
So far, three races are officially contested — the Port District Commissioner No. 1 race, City of Sequim Council Position No. 3, and Sequim School District Director No. 2.
Incumbent James Barnfather, Fire District 3, Commissioner No. 3, is likely to see competition for the six-year position from Charlie Perdomo, a retired fire lieutenant from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department in Florida, who indicated to the Gazette he plans to run for the position.
Only one of these races, the school board position currently held by Virginia O’Neil — who decided not run again— seems headed for the August 6 primary. Michael Howe, communications and government relations manager for Clallam County PUD; Craig Stevenson, co-owner of Peninsula Mortgage and a mortgage lender; and John Yeo, a property manager, will vie for the spot.
Of the other contested positions, incumbent Paul McHugh will face Del DelaBarre, a management consultant with his own business, for the six-year position as Port District commissioner No. 1.
Brandon Janisse, a Walmart employee, opposes incumbent Ted Miller for City of Sequim council position No. 3, a four-year term.
The Elections Office reports no one has filed for Hospital District No. 2, Position No. 2, held by Jean Hordyk.
Candidates can file for office several ways: in person at the courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 1, Port Angeles; by dropping off a completed form to the drop box at the courthouse (before the afternoon on May 17); by mail (must be received by the morning of May 17) to Clallam County Auditor or Clallam County Elections, 223 E. Fourth St. Suite 1, Port Angeles WA 98362. The office closes at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 17. The primary is held August 6 and the general election Nov. 5. For more information, call 417-2222 or 417-2217.
By state law, candidates for SARC’s commissioners won’t go to a vote until the general election, but one missing candidate is Susan Sorensen.
The current board president and three-time elected official decided not to run for office again.
“I figure at 12 years I’m a senior in high school and ready to graduate,” she said.
“I still have a passion for SARC and continue to be an advocate.”
Sorensen told her husband, Don, about a year ago of her decision.
“There’s not a moment that goes by I’m not thinking about SARC because I’m so passionate about it,” she said.
Her plan is to continue working with the SARC board advocating their decision whether or not to pursue a levy or a Metropolitan Parks District to secure future funding.
“With us being a public entity they can’t campaign for a vote one way or the other,” she said. “I feel I can have just as much of an impact, maybe more, because I’m not under the same legal restrictions.”
In her tenure, Sorensen saw two levies fail in 2002 and the introduction of premier passes the following year. In the past year, she’s helped incorporate monthly payments and expanded hours with the board planning to hire a new director by the end of the month.
Through her accomplishments, Sorensen said she’s most proud of being fair to patrons.
“I could write a book on all the things people wanted SARC to do but I’ve tried to do what is the best good for the greatest group of people. I feel I’ve been fair and never had an agenda.”