Welcome to Filing Week 2015!
Today through Friday, elections officials around the state will be accepting formal declarations of candidacy from Washingtonians who have decided they want to run for office at the local level (and, in a couple legislative districts, the state level).
There are many important contests within King County on the ballot this year, so we’ll be keeping a close watch on its filings. We will also look at filings in other key counties, like Snohomish, Whatcom, and Pierce.
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 five days from now.
No one has yet filed to run for office at the county level.
Ken Rogers has filed to run against Republican Bill Bryant for Position #5. Rogers has been assembling a campaign and raising money since around mid-March. His website lists endorsements from the Machinists, King County Council Member Dave Upthegrove, and State Representative Mia Gregerson.
Only a few candidates have filed to run for mayor or city council so far. Most positions do not have a candidate yet.
Mayoral candidates in King County cities so far include:
- Dave Hill in Algona
- Mary Jane Goss in Lake Forest Park
- Ken Hearing in North Bend
- Gary Nitschke in Pacific
- Denis Law in Renton
- Allan Ekberg in Tukwila
In Seattle city council races:
- Chas Redmond and Arturo Robles have filed for Position #1
- Sandy Brown has filed for Position #5
- Sally Bagshaw has filed for Position #7
- Alon Bassokhas filed for Position #9
In Shoreline, two candidates have already filed for Position #2, currently held by Chris Eggen: Jessica Cafferty and Keith Scully.
In Kent, two candidates have filed for Position #1: Bailey Stober and Rich Brandau.
In Maple Valley, Cathy Hilde and Dana Parnello are squaring off for Position #6.
In Bellevue, incumbents John Stokes and Jennifer Robertson have filed for Positions #1 and #7, respectively. In Kirkland, Dave Asher and Toby Nixon have also filed for reelection, to positions #4 and #6.