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Monday, June 1, 2009

Filing Week 2009: A look at who's filed in key races as of Monday afternoon

June and the 2009 filing period for elected office are finally upon us. All this week, elections officials around the state will be accepting formal declarations of candidacy from Washingtonians who have decided they want to run for office.

King County in particular has a number of important contests on the ballot this year, (as I've previously observed) so we'll be keeping a close watch on its filings. This post is the first in a series of Filing Week reports we'll be bringing you at regular intervals until the close of filing on Friday at 4:30 PM.

King County Executive
So far, two candidates have filed - Dow Constantine and Fred Jarrett.

King County Council
Only Councilmember Reagan Dunn has filed so far. He's running for reelection for Position 9.

Seattle Port Commission
Alec Fisken has filed for Position 3 (which Lloyd Hara is vacating) and Tom Albro has filed for Position 4 (which Pat Davis is vacating).

Kim Allen and Pat Vache have filed for reelection to their Redmond City Council positions. Greg Nickels is so far the only person to have filed for Mayor of Seattle; David Miller and Joshua Caple are likewise the only individuals to have filed for Positions 8 and 4 on the Seattle City Council, respectively.

Thomas Carr has drawn an opponent for City Attorney, Pete Holmes.

In Bellevue, Conrad Lee and Vicki Orrico have both filed for Position 2. Don Davidson has filed for Position 6. In Kirkland, Penny Sweet has filed for Position 3, currently held by Mary-Alyce Burleigh.

A total of three candidates have already filed for Newcastle Council Position 7, (Jean Garber, Kandy Schendel, and John D. Dulcich) guaranteeing that somebody will be eliminated in the primary. It's so far the only contest that appears to have attracted more than two candidates.

Not too many people are filing early this year.

MONDAY EVENING UPDATE: A couple more incumbent county councilmembers have filed for reelection (Democrat Julia Patterson, Republican Pete von Reichbauer, the latter the architect of the scheme to make county elections ostensibly "nonpartisan".) John Creighton has filed for reelection to the Seattle Port Commission, Position 1, and Alec Fisken has attracted two challengers: David Doud and Al Yuen. One of them will probably be eliminated in the August 18th primary.

Sally Bagshaw has filed for Seattle City Council Position 4, joining Joshua Caple.

Vying to succeed Cheryl Chow for Seattle School Board Position 1 are Charlie Mas and Betty Patu. (Mas is a resident of Beacon Hill and father of two students in the district; he writes the well regarded Seattle Public Schools Community Blog).

John Stilin has filed for Redmond City Council Position 6, currently held by Nancy McCormick, who is retiring.


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