League of Women Voters set candidate forum in Sequim

Voters and the candidates for Hospital District and Charter Review Commission positions will have a chance to consider key issues at a League of Women Voters of Clallam County free public forum set for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the Sequim Transit Center, West Cedar Street/Second Avenue.

The Olympic Medical Center commissioner race (Hospital District 2, Commissioner District 1, Position 1) will appear on the August primary ballot because there are more than two candidates running for this office. The top two vote-getters will advance to the general election in November. Candidates for this non-partisan 6-year term include Nate Adkisson, Ann Marie Henninger and Warren Pierce.

Though the Charter Review Commission election will appear on the November general election ballot, CRC candidates forums are being presented in all three districts this summer to give voters more time to learn about the CRC and the candidates.

Charter Review Commission District 1 candidates who have confirmed their attendance are Tony Corrado, Gary DeKorte, Alex Fane, Donald Hatler, David Lotzgesell, Ted Miller, Judith Parker, Candace Pratt and Jim Stoffer. Candidate Sue Erzen will be out of town, but will send a representative.

The position is a one-year, non-partisan term.

Before opening the floor to the candidates, Clallam County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kim Ortloff will give a brief overview of the Charter Review Commission, why it exists and what it does.

League volunteers will video-record this forum, and within a week or two of the event, a link to the recording will be available at the League’s website: www.lwvcla.org.

All events are free and open to the public. Audience members are encouraged to bring questions for the candidates. Candidates for other offices who are in attendance will be invited to introduce themselves at the conclusion of each forum, after which there will be time for one-on-one questions-and-answers with all candidates.

Upcoming forums

The Clallam County League will present two more candidate forums leading up to the primary election on Aug. 6:

• 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 — Candidates for Charter Review Commission, District 2, at the Vern Burton Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

• 6 p.m. Monday, July 15 — Candidates for Port Angeles City Council, Positions 5 and 7, at Port Angeles City Council Chambers, 321 E. Fifth St., Port Angeles.

The League of Women Voters is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to promote the informed and active participation of citizens in government.

With a membership of over 125 people, the local Clallam County League regularly presents forums and debates to help voters become better informed about local and statewide races.

Find more information about the league and these forums at www.lwvcla.org, or email to VoterServicesLVWCLA@gmail.com.

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