This November’s election will include contested races for three local offices.
San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney Randall Gaylord is running for his sixth consecutive re-election, after initially winning the seat in 1994. Local attorney Nicholas Power is running against Gaylord for the partisan position that holds a four-year term. According to the filings, both candidates “prefer the Democratic party.” This will be the only local race on the Aug. 7 primary ballots, but since the top two candidates of any party go to the general election, both Gaylord and Power will automatically be on the Nov. 6 ballots.
San Juan County Sheriff Ronald Krebs is running for his first re-election, after initially winning his first bid for public office in 2014. San Juan County Deputy Jeff Asher is also running for the nonpartisan seat, with a four-year term.
Local attorneys Steve Brandli and Carolyn Jewett are going up for San Juan County District Court judge, which is a nonpartisan, four-year term. Current San Juan County District Court Judge Stewart R. Andrew will retire at the end of 2018 after serving nearly two decades on the bench.
The following candidates are facing uncontested races: San Juan County District 3 Councilman Jamie Stephens, Assessor John Kulseth, Auditor Milene Henry, Clerk Lisa Henderson, Superior Court Judge Kathryn Loring, and Treasurer Rhonda Pederson. Originally, San Juan Islander Maureen Marinkovich filed against Pederson but Marinkovich withdrew on May 21.
Other races, which locals will have the option to vote for, include the U.S. Senate seat for Washington state, currently held by Sen. Maria Cantwell; the U.S. Congressional seat for the second district of Washington state, currently held by Rep. Rick Larsen; and the Washington state Legislature seat for position 1 of District 40, currently held by Rep. Kristine Lytton.