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 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.


There will be two coun­ty-lev­el con­tests this year that all of King Coun­ty will weigh in on. The incum­bents for both posi­tions filed this morn­ing: Sher­ril Huff for Direc­tor of Elec­tions, and Lloyd Hara for Assessor.

Coun­ty Council

Only incum­bent Jane Hague (Dis­trict 6) has filed so far.

Port of Seattle

Dan Cald­well of Des Moines has filed to run against Repub­li­can Bill Bryant, the incum­bent. Dan is active in the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty and has pre­vi­ous­ly served as a com­mis­sion­er for the High­line Water Dis­trict. He has a mas­ters degree in busi­ness, is a U.S. Army vet­er­an, and worked for Boe­ing in man­age­ment. He is unques­tion­ably a cred­i­ble can­di­date, but will have to work hard to defeat Bryant.

No can­di­dates have filed for Posi­tion 2.


In Belle­vue, Jen­nifer Robert­son has filed for reelec­tion to Posi­tion 7.

In Fed­er­al Way, Jim Fer­rell, Susan Hon­da, and Kei­th Tyler have filed for Posi­tions 1, 3, and 7, respectively.

In Kirk­land, Toby Nixon has filed to run against Jes­si­ca Green­way for Posi­tion 4. Dave Ash­er has filed for reelec­tion to Posi­tion 6.

In Red­mond, Hank Marge­son and David Car­son have filed for reelec­tion to their city coun­cil seats (Posi­tions 3 and 7).

In Seat­tle, Mau­rice Classen and Jean God­den have filed for Posi­tion 1.

In Tuk­wila, Kathy Hougardy and Macken­zie Weitzeil have filed for Posi­tion 2.

School Board

It’s unclear at this point how many con­test­ed races there are going to be. Mark Weber has filed to chal­lenge Sher­ry Carr (who has not filed) and it’s like­ly that Har­i­um-Mar­tin Mor­ris, Steve Sundquist, and Peter Maier (who have all filed) will also each have at least one chal­lenger, owing to the dis­as­trous state that Seat­tle Pub­lic Schools are in. Most school board posi­tions have no can­di­dates at this time.

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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