Candidates announce for county offices


This story has been modified since its original publication:

WALLA WALLA — Former County Coroner Stephen Ames has announced he will run for the Walla Walla County Commission District 3 seat, which is up for election this year.

In a release, Ames said he “sees a need for better representation for the west end of the County in regards to roads, economic growth and understanding of the rural lifestyle.”

Sheriff John Turner has also taken out a newspaper ad scheduled to run Wednesday announcing he will run for reelection. The sheriff’s race already has two declared candidates, Barry Blackman and Tom Cooper, both who have listed their preference as Republican Party.

Attempts to contact Turner this morning were unsuccessful.

The county commission District 3 seat, which covers much of western Walla Walla County and the city of College Place, is currently held by Commissioner Greg Tompkins. Tompkins has said he has yet to decide whether to seek a fourth term.

Ames served as county coroner for 25 years, retiring in 2004. He has been a resident of Touchet for 37 years. Along with his county experience, Ames said he has served as a board member with the Touchet School District, the Walla Walla County Rural Library District and with local irrigation districts.

The official filing week for candidates will be May 12-16.

In addition to the county commissioner District 3 seat, other county posts up for election this year are assessor, auditor, clerk, coroner, full and part-time District Court judges, prosecuting attorney, sheriff and treasurer.

County Prosecuting Attorney James Nagle has also filed a declaration of candidacy with the state Public Disclosure Commission. He has listed his preference as Republican Party.

This year the primary election for all offices will be Aug. 5. The general election will be Nov. 4.

Andy Porter can be reached at or 526-8318.

This article was modified on March 6, 2013, to reflect the following correction/clarification:

CORRECTION: Due to a reporter’s error, a story on the front page Tuesday had incorrect information about this year’s primary election. All partisan offices will be on the Aug. 5 ballot, not just races that have more than two candidates running. We regret the error.


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