Hearing set on Henninger eligibility for OMC Sequim-area seat

A hearing has been scheduled in the case questioning Anne Marie Henninger’s eligibility to run for Olympic Medical Center hospital commissioner.

The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, in Clallam County Superior Court, where a judge will consider a motion for order to show cause.

Sequim resident Michelle Ridgway filed a request Aug. 5 — the day before the primary election — for a show-cause order that lays out the challenge to Henninger’s candidacy.

Ridgway is asking a judge to make Henninger prove she lives in the Sequim-area district that she wants to represent. Residency is a legal requirement.

“If Ann Marie Henninger does not reside in Commissioner District No. 1, I respectfully request that the Court issue an order prohibiting the County Auditor from placing Ann Marie Henninger’s name on the general election ballot,” according to Ridgway’s affidavit.

The same day, Court Commissioner Brandon Mack ruled that he would not decide on the merits of the claim ex parte and that it needed to be placed on the civil calendar.

In her court filing, Ridgway asks that the court order Henninger’s name off the November ballot because she is not living in OMC’s District 1 and requests that the other two candidates’ names — Nate Adkisson and Warren Pierce — be on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Henninger and her husband, Ray, own residences and properties at 322 Klahhane Road and at 425 Sunnyside Ave., according to county Assessor’s Office records.

The Klahhane Road address is outside commissioner District 1.

The North Sunnyside Avenue address in Sequim lies within commissioner District 1.

Henninger’s husband is an unopposed candidate for the Nov. 5 election for the Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center board, filing May 14 using the Klahhane Road address, which also is on his voter registration.

Henninger filed as a candidate May 17, the last day of filing week, using the North Sunnyside Avenue address, also listed on her voter registration.

Henninger won a place on the November ballot in the top-two primary election. The last count of ballots showed that Henninger had 8,299 votes, Adkisson had 3,307 votes and Pierce had 2,513 votes.

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