Former newspaper editor and television anchor John Komen is running for commissioner at Mason County Public Utility District 3, a campaign that originated with his criticism of the utility’s $45 million headquarters project in 2009.
Komen, a Mason Lake resident, was outspoken against the project, which put the headquarters at Johns Prairie, according to news accounts. He intends to run for the district 2 position held by Tom Farmer since 2008.
In a news release announcing his plans, Komen said he will not accept campaign donations and plans to fully self-fund his campaign for the six-year position. The release also said in part:
Komen’s interest in the PUD3 commissionership took root four years ago when the utility jolted the community with plans to leave Shelton and build a $45 million out-of-town headquarters on Johns Prairie. His opposition to the move led to Komen’s regular attendance at PUD3 commissioner meetings. He became a close observer of the utility’s operations and the workings of its board of commissioners. He frequently spoke in the commissioners’ public meetings and was sharply critical of the utility’s multimillion dollar expenditures.Komen is a graduate of the University of Washington and spent 40 years in journalism, including work in radio, with the The Associated Press, as reporter, anchor and news director for KOMO-TV, as correspondent for ABC-TV News in New York City, as news anchor for KING-TV in Seattle, and 19 years at The News Tribune where he was an editor and editorial page editor.
Candidate filing week is May 12-16.