Elma Mayor Jim Sorensen has filed to run for the District #1 County Commissioner seat that will be vacated by Wes Cormier. Monday was the first day of candidate filing for the 2020 Primary Election on August 4th. Tuesday saw Elma Mayor Jim Sorensen filing to run for County Commissioner in District 1, he joins the race with Jamie Nichols and Jack Dwyer for Wes Cormier’s seat, Cormier has said he plans to challenge incumbent 19th District Senator Dean Takko but had not filed as of last night. At the same table, John Shaw will challenge incumbent Commissioner Randy Ross in District 2.

Sorensen issued the following press release on Tuesday,

My Fellow Citizens,

I’m Jim Sorensen and today I’m declaring that I’ll be running for the position of County Commissioner for District one. And I approve this message.

Jim Sorensen brings to the position a wealth of experience in common-sense governance in that his proven abilities to recognize the need, gather his team, plan his approach, and bring to a successful conclusion any task set before him. He accomplishes these goals by having the talent to become part of the team, not just it’s leader. He allows team members the freedom to express and explore concepts that fall within the scope of the planned project, he is the consummate team player. Even now he is exploring ways and means to bring more industry to the Harbor with the end result of additional employment for many of the citizens of Grays Harbor County.

Jim Sorensen has held government positions as an Elma City Councilman and is presently serving his second term as the City’s Mayor. Of note: Jim ran un-contested for this second term.

While having served, and currently serving as Mayor, Jim has led Elma to more prosperity then the city has seen in several years. The city of Elma has seen the development of the Summit Pacific Wellness Center, bringing much needed advanced medical care to the residents of the region, also the development of the Eagles Landing project as well as many other businesses to Elma providing much needed revenue to the city for use in several infrastructure projects.

Under Mayor Sorensen’s leadership the City’s monetary reserves have grown from little more than a month’s reserve to about a ten-month reserve today, which enables the City to afford infrastructure projects such as chip sealing on both Monte-Elma and Schuwieler roads. Additionally, the city will be purchasing a new fire engine as well as investing $25,000. into parks.

Jim has championed the return of Advanced Paramedical Life Support personnel and ambulances to the Elma fire station providing for significantly reduced response times, when minutes matter the most. Also Jim has provided for growth in Elma’s Police department as they have added one more patrol officer, one additional Sergeant, and a half time Code enforcement officer.

Jim has a heart not only for Elma but for the success of Grays Harbor County, but he is not ruled solely by his heart. That is to say, he uses his head, as well, to seek the most logical pathway to bring success to any given task. Snap judgements are not a part of his decision making process preventing decisions that may have a lasting negative effect.

Mayor Sorensen now wishes to bring his experience, judgement, enthusiasm, and proven leadership qualities to work alongside the other County Commissioners to continue the work that has already been accomplished. We need jobs, housing, and opportunities for the citizens of our great county.

Jim is confident that he can accomplish all of these things! He is a tried and proven leader! It is this vision, drive, and tenacity that makes him the right choice for the voters of Grays Harbor County.

Resume: Mayor for the City of Elma from 2016 to present.
Elma representative for Grays Harbor Council of Governments from January 2016 to present: Chair from 2018 to present.
Elma representative to E-911 Administration Board from January 2016 to present.
Small City’s Representative for Grays Harbor Transit Board from January 2020 to present.
Elma City Council: 2008 to 2012.
Landlord Liaison for Coastal Community Action Program January 2019 to present.
Veteran and Testing Coordinator for Grays Harbor College July 2008 to January 2019.
Adjunct accounting instructor for Grays Harbor College from 2011 to 2013
Substitute Teacher for Elma and Mary M. Knight School Districts from 2006 to 2008.
Traffic Safety Instructor for ESD 113 at Elma High School from 2007 to 2009.
Education:
The Evergreen State College 2004-2006: Graduated with a B.A.
Grays Harbor College: 2001 to 2004: Graduated with an A.A.