Candidates file for local and state offices

OKANOGAN – It looks like there will be at least one local race that will require a primary this August. Four people have filled for the Okanogan County PUD District 1 Commissioner position.

While incumbent David Womach is seeking a return for another six-year term, he faces challenges from Scott Vejraska, James Miller and Steve Nearents in this non-partisan election. All the other incumbents for county offices find themselves alone on the ballot.

Jim Detro, a Republican is seeking reelection as Okanogan County Commissioner from District 3, which represents the north end of the county. Frank Rogers, a Republican wants to continue on as sheriff and Karl F. Sloan, a Democrat, wants to remain the prosecuting attorney. Charleen Groomes, a Republican is running for county clerk and Leah McCormack as county treasurer. Heidi Smith and Charles Short are both running for district court judge, in positions 1 and 2, respectively.

A new elective office, that of county coroner, has three people vying for the job – Anthony Frey and Gary V. Reams expressed no party preference, while Dave Rodriguez prefers the Republican Party. While the job had been handled through the prosecuting attorney’s office in the past, the county has reached a population threshold that triggered the requirement for an elected coroner.

All three Seventh District legislators find they have challengers for their current positions, Brian Dansel, a former Ferry County Commissioner from Republic served part of an unexpired term as state senator and would like to remain in the senate. He is being challenged by another Republican, Tony Booth from Colville. Incumbent Shelly Short, Republican from Addy and the current state representative from the Position 1 is being challenged by Libertarian James R. Apker from Mead, Washington and Joel Kretz from Wauconda, representative in Position 2, will be on the ballot with Centralist Ronnie Rae from Loon Lake, Wash.

The primary election, for all offices with more than two candidates on the ballot, will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The general election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Washington State’s online voting guide can be found at


About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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