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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Filing Week 2009: A look at who's filed in key races as of Thursday 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 fourth 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.

Sue Rahr has filed for reelection as King County Sheriff. All county level offices now have at least one candidate who is running.

County Council
Councilmember Reagan Dunn (who represents the 9th County Council District) has attracted a second opponent, Beverly Harison Tonda of Maple Valley. Tonda's candidate filing amusingly lists as the campaign website.

Amy Walen has withdrawn from the race for Kirkland City Council Position 7 (against Tom Hodgson) and has refiled for Position 5, currently held by Jim Lauinger, who has not yet filed for reelection.

In Seattle, Nick Licata has filed for reelection to his City Council seat (Position 6) while Tom Carr has filed for reelection as City Attorney.

None of the three candidates who have filed to run for Redmond City Council (Pat Vache, Kim Allen, John Stilin) have any competition yet.

School Board
Andre Helmstetter has filed for Position 5 on the Seattle School Board, joining Kay Smith-Blum. Position 5 is currently held by Mary Bass, who has not filed for reelection. Unfortunately, no one has stepped forward to challenge any of the incumbents on the Federal Way School Board up for reelection this year. The three (Ed Barney, Angela Griffin, and Tony Moore) are currently unopposed.

THURSDAY EVENING UPDATE: A number of candidates filed this afternoon, including Ross Hunter (who currently represents the 48th LD in the Legislature) and Goodspaceguy Nelson for King County Executive. Each of the major candidates are now formally declared with the exception of Republican Susan Hutchinson.

In Seattle, James Donaldson and Mike McGinn have filed for Mayor. And David Ginsberg has filed to run against Richard Conlin for Position 2, which means all Seattle citywide races are now contested. Hurrah for democracy.

In Auburn, these are now a total of four candidates for mayor: Frank Lonergan, Virginia Haugen, Shelley Erickson, and Pete Lewis (the incumbent). Lonergan and Haugen are the two who filed this afternoon.


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