The region’s voters, like their peers throughout Washington, now know who they will be considering when casting their ballots in the fall.
The official filing period was last week, May 14-18, across the state. Candidates for all offices had to submit their names by the close of office hours Friday.
Ballots won’t be as daunting as usual, with a limited number of races to be determined. There are no city council or school board seats to fill, so things won’t seem as “local” as in other years.
The races hitting closest to home include legislative and congressional districts.
In the running for the 47th district Senate seat is incumbent Joe Fain and Mona Das. Running for 47th district state representative position No. 1 are James Dillon, incumbent Mark Hargrove and Debra Entenman. And running for 47th position No. 2 are Ted Cooke, incumbent Pat Sullivan and Lindsey Shumway.
On the ballot for the 5th district representative position No. 1 is Chad Magendanz and Bill Ramos. Also on the ballot for position No. 2 are incumbent Paul Graves, Lisa Callan and Ryan Dean Burkett.
Running for the 11th district representative position No. 1 this August is incumbent Zack Hudgins. According to the Secretary of State’s website, he is running unopposed.
Also running unopposed in the 11th district is Steve Bergquist who is running for position No. 2.
Voters will help decide who replaces the retiring Dave Reichert in the 8th Congressional District. A dozen candidates stepped forward, including four Democrats, three Republicans, one from the Independent Centrist Party, a Libertarian and three independent candidates.
Three candidates have entered their names into the running for 9th Congressional District U.S. Representative — they are Doug Basler, Sarah Smith and incumbent Adam Smith.
Also looking toward Washington, D.C., local voters will help choose a U.S. senator — and they will have plenty of options to consider. Candidates include incumbent Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, and 29 other opponents.
Local voters will also see numerous races for judicial position on their ballots. Seats will be decided for the state Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and District Courts in both King and Pierce counties.
The August primary will narrow all fields to the top two, who will advance to November’s general election.