June and the 2011 fil­ing peri­od for elect­ed office are 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.

Through­out the week, we’ll be keep­ing watch on who has filed in key races in King Coun­ty and else­where. 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.


Peren­ni­al can­di­date Mark Greene has filed to run against Sher­ril Huff for Direc­tor of Elec­tions. His fil­ing is pro­vi­sion­al, pend­ing val­i­da­tion of signatures.

Coun­ty Council

Pat­sy Bon­in­con­tri has filed to run against Jane Hague in the 6th Coun­ty Coun­cil Dis­trict, join­ing John Creighton and Richard Mitchell. Mean­while, gad­fly Good­spaceguy has filed to run against Joe McDer­mott in the 8th.

Port of Seattle

The 37th Dis­trict Democ­rats’ male del­e­gate to the King Coun­ty Democ­rats has inex­plic­a­bly filed to run against Gael Tar­leton for Posi­tion 2. (Full dis­clo­sure: Gael serves on NPI’s Board of Direc­tors). Mean­while, Dan Cald­well has with­drawn his can­di­da­cy for Posi­tion 5, leav­ing Bill Bryant unchal­lenged for now.


The Fed­er­al Way City Coun­cil Posi­tion #3 con­test con­tin­ues to heat up. Four peo­ple are now run­ning — Mark Kop­pang  and Scott M. Spar­ling filed today.

In Kirk­land, Chuck Hin­son has filed against Bob Ster­noff for Posi­tion #2. Ster­noff already has a chal­lenger (Jason Gar­diner), so this race will appear on the win­now­ing elec­tion bal­lot in August.

In Seat­tle, Michael Tay­lor-Judd and Bob­by Forch have joined the race for Jean God­den’s coun­cil seat. Bruce Har­rell is the only oth­er coun­cilmem­ber with a chal­lenger (Brad Meacham).

School Board

Every incum­bent Seat­tle School Board mem­ber now has at least two chal­lengers, which is great to see. It means that all school board mem­bers will appear on the August 16th bal­lot, and Seat­tle vot­ers could choose to elim­i­nate every sin­gle one of the incum­bents from con­sid­er­a­tion at that time if they wished. Sharon Peaslee is Peter Maier’s newest chal­lenger, while Michelle Bue­tow and David Blom­strom have filed to run against Har­i­um Mar­tin-Mor­ris. Joy Ander­son and Chari­ta Dumas are Steve Sundquist’s lat­est challengers.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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