There are a number of worthy candidates for office this election cycle.

Having sat through debates and political forums, asked questions of candidates and read election materials, our editorial board has decided on the following endorsements:

7th Legislative District

Sen. Shelly Short, R-Addy, is defending her seat against challenger Karen Hardy, D-Valley. Short has a proven track-record with the 7th District, and continues to be a strong voice for the residents of eastern Washington.

The Chronicle endorses Short.

Incumbent Republican Joel Kretz of Wauconda is unmatched in the legislature when it comes to representing North Central

Washington. He’s fought for private property rights, appropriate wildlife management, reduced taxes and balanced budgets.

Kretz’ challenger, Mike Bell of Nine Mile Falls, has stated he supports the state’s current wolf management practices.

Therefore, we endorse Kretz.

Incumbent Rep. Jacqueline Maycumber has shown strong leadership over the past few years in office. Her dedication to economic viability, water rights and natural resources gives her a nudge over Democratic challenger Randy Michaelis of Spokane.

Okanogan County Commissioner District No. 3

This race between Incumbent Jim DeTro, R-Tonasket, and Salley Bull, I-Oroville, has been quite contentious.

We respect Bulls’ service to communities throughout the county but are confident in DeTro’s continued leadership.

Therefore, we give DeTro the nod in this race.

We endorse DeTro for District No. 3 commissioner seat.

Okanogan County Sheriff

Steve Brown and Tony Hawley are both seeking the open seat as county sheriff.

Both men have extensive law enforcement backgrounds and ties to Okanogan County. And both have a vision for the department that appear to serve county residents well.

As such, we’ve opted not to endorse a candidate in this race.

Okanogan County Prosecuting Attorney

Incumbent Prosecutor Branden Platter, D-Omak, is being challenged by Republic Arian Noma.

Both men have demonstrated a clean campaign and have extensive backgrounds in criminal justice, respectively.

Platter has served well in the position following the departure of former prosecutor Karl Sloan. But we believe Noma will bring a fresh set of ideals and reform to the office.

We endorse Arian Noma for Okanogan County prosecutor.

Okanogan County Auditor

Cari Hall and Randy Gates, both Republicans from Omak, are vying for the vacant Okangoan County auditor seat.

Both have previous experience working in the county Auditor’s Office, but Hall has a slight nudge over Gates as she has an extensive experience in financial management.

Gates has worked in the department’s vehicle licensing department. On the other hand, Hall has worked in recording, voter registration and is working to become certified in vehicle licensing.

For those reasons we endorse Cari Hall.

Ferry County Sheriff

Incumbent Ferry County Sheriff is being challenged by Darin Odegaard. Both are running as Republicans.

Maycumber has proven leadership strengths and continues to keep the sheriff’s office afloat with a limited budget.

Odegaard, who was hired earlier this summer to serve as the Tonasket Police Chief, said he was unable to withdraw his bid for candidacy. Therefore, we endorse Ray Maycumber.

U.S. Representative, District 4

Incumbent Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, is being challenged being challenged by Democrat Christine Brown.

Newhouse and his staff are responsive to local issues in Okanogan County, so it makes it hard to change stream when something is working. Therefore, we endorse Newhouse.

U.S. Representative District 5

What can we say about Cathy McMorris Rodgers that you don’t already know?

As the incumbent Republican, she has set the bar pretty high for challenger Democrat Lisa Brown.

McMorris Rodgers is recognized as one of the most influential women in Congress, knowledgeable and down-to-Earth.

Hands-down, McMorris Rodgers is the best representative for eastern Washington in this race.

Next week, look for more endorsements on state initiatives and contested races.

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