Turnover in several Grays Harbor mayor races with preliminary election numbers

Preliminary election results from the November General Election are out tonight, available on the county auditor’s website you can find through Grays Harbor County voters have returned 34.5% of ballots sent to a total of 38,611 registered voters. Voters are supporting incumbent Stephen Brown for Superior Court Judge with 68.35% over Jean Cotton’s 31.65% For […]

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  • Grays Harbor Democrats reply to request for new list of prosecutor candidates

    MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor’s Democratic Party has responded to the request to present 3 new nominees for the Prosecutor position to the County Commissioners this week. One of the three from the first list, Grays Harbor Democratic Chair George Smylie, wrote in the letter that the demands are unreasonable, and that asking for a placeholder to fill the position for one year is begging for mediocrity. The state attorney says that the request does not follow the guidelines set out by the state constitution.

    The Grays Harbor Democrats received a letter from the Commissioners earlier this month “demanding” another list of three candidates to fill the position of county prosecutor by December 18th. According to Smylie, if that is necessary, it could only happen in January, after giving proper notice to the Precinct Committee Officers.

    Commissioner Frank Gordon said at this week’s regular meeting “What we would like to have from the Democratic party is a list of three names, of good democrats that would like to take the office for the one year left.” Gordon went on to say that they hoped the list would not include those interested in running for the position a year from now, when former Prosecutor Stew Menefee’s term expires.

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  • Vini Samuel declines prosecutor appointment

    MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor County faces a difficult situation with what could become a precedent-setting decision, just to find a County Prosecutor. The commissioners today heard their answer from appointee Vini Samuel, not only did she decline she urged them to pick Deputy Prosecutor Katie Svoboda.
    The commissioners received a letter from Samuel just before 5 Wednesday evening. On Monday they had asked her to take the oath of office since she had been – either chosen for appointment, or appointed in October, she said she would provide her answer on Wednesday.
    One theory on the matter holds that the county commissioners would ask the Democrats for another list of three willing candidates, after their appointed candidate reconsidered and re-created the vacancy. Others are waiting for a 60-day clock to run up on November 29th, sending the matter to the Washington Governor’s desk for a decision regardless.
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