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Challengers in local races emerge

May 14th, 2014 - 5:38pm

(Port Angeles) – On the third day of candidate filing week, a challenger emerged for State Representative Steve Tharinger.

Thomas W. Greisamer of Moclips in Grays Harbor County threw his hat in the ring to run against the incumbent 24th District Legislator from Clallam County.

Another contested race developed in Clallam County today (Wednesday) when County Hearings Examiner Mark Nichols filed to run for County Prosecutor against William Payne.

Both Nichols and Payne are Republicans.

Nichols resigned his job in the prosecutor's office in January after County Commissioners passed him over to be the interim prosecutor.

Nichols resigned immediately after Payne was sworn in as prosecutor on January 27th.

Nichols was appointed to the hearings examiner a few hours later.

Other filings today include Bill Lowman, Scott A. Clausen and Henning Holmgaard, all of Sequim, and Barbara Christensen of Port Angeles for the county's Charter Review Commission.

Another challenger filed today to run against incumbent Democrat Congressman Derek Kilmer.

Republican Marty McClendon of Gig Harbor joins W. (Greybeard) “Bill” McPherson of Port Angeles as challengers against Kilmer, a Port Angeles native.

47 candidates have filed for the 22 open offices as of today.

The filing period concludes Friday.

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