Locals get ready to run

Candidates formally filed to run in the Aug. 17 primary election last week, with several locals now officially vying for high-profile seats.

Sequim's Kevin Van de Wege filed for re-election for State Representative Post 1 in the 24th Legislative District. Van de Wege, a Democrat, will run against Republicans Dan Gase, Port Angeles, and Craig Durgan, Port Ludlow.

Two Sequim residents have their eyes on the second state representative seat, which will be vacated by Rep. Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam. Democrat Steve Tharinger, also a Clallam County commissioner, and Republican Jim McEntire, a Port of Port Angeles board member, face Larry Carter, R-Port Ludlow, and Jack Dwyer, D-Montesano.

Both state representative seats have two-year terms.

Sequim is also home to two attorneys looking to take over the Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney's office. Larry Freedman and Lauren Erickson, both Democrats, are running against incumbent Deb Kelly, a Republican.

Freedman, who specializes in land use and criminal law, is former chairman of the Sequim Planning Commission and former Sequim Deputy Prosecutor. Erickson is an administrative law judge who worked under Deb Kelly as a senior deputy prosecutor for five years. Erickson said she left the department in 2007 because she didn't like the direction the office was going.

The position of Clallam County director of Community Development is sought by five people, including incumbent John Miller, of Port Angeles. Miller faces Alan Barnard, a Port Angeles real estate agent, Tim Woolett, a former county planner, Sean Ryan, co-owner of America's Finest Fire and Restoration Co. in Port Angeles, and Sheila Roark Miller, a county code compliance officer from Carlsborg. Sheila Roark Miller and John Miller are not related.

Another Department of Community Development employee is running for elected office but she is looking beyond the department doors. Clallam County Senior Planner Selinda Barkhuis, of Port Angeles, filed to challenge incumbent treasurer Judith Scott, also of Port Angeles. Barkhuis, a non-practicing lawyer, said she is running because she was so appalled at the $600,000 in public funds that were stolen from the Clallam County Treasurer's Office, allegedly by an office cashier.

In the race for District Court 1 judge, incumbent Rick Porter faces lawyer Pam Lindquist and a state assistant attorney general, Tim Davis. All three are from Port Angeles.

Clallam County Commissioner Mike Doherty, D-Port Angeles, will run against Robin Poole, R-Beaver, and Bill Peach, R-Forks, for the District 3 seat.

Clallam County Sheriff William Benedict, Auditor Patty Rosand and Assessor Pamela Rushton do not face any opposition for their re-election bids.

Amanda Winters can be reached at

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