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Friday, May 15th, 2020

WA Filing Week 2020: A look at who filed in key races as of Friday afternoon

Wash­ing­ton State’s 2020 Fil­ing Week has come to an end, and that means this elec­tion cycle’s list of aspir­ing office seek­ers will soon become final.

Up until 4 PM today, the Sec­re­tary of State and coun­ty elec­tions offi­cials were accept­ing for­mal dec­la­ra­tions of can­di­da­cy from Wash­ing­to­ni­ans who have decid­ed they want to run for office at fed­er­al, state, and local lev­els. Can­di­da­cies for precinct com­mit­tee offi­cer were also being accept­ed at the major par­ty lev­el by elec­tions offi­cials on behalf of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic and Repub­li­can parties.

This is a pres­i­den­tial year, which means we will be fill­ing all ten of our U.S. House posi­tions, all nine of our statewide exec­u­tive posi­tions, most of our state leg­isla­tive posi­tions, and sev­er­al of our State Supreme Court posi­tions, plus a large num­ber of local posi­tions, espe­cial­ly in Pierce County.

This post is the tenth and final in a series of Fil­ing Week reports we have been bring­ing you at reg­u­lar inter­vals. It is no longer pos­si­ble to file for office this year, but can­di­dates with sec­ond thoughts may with­draw through Monday.

U.S. House

The Unit­ed States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives is the larg­er of the two cham­bers of Con­gress estab­lished by the Unit­ed States Con­sti­tu­tion. Mem­bers of the House serve two year terms and must face the vot­ers each elec­tion cycle. Since the 2010–2011 redis­trict­ing process, Wash­ing­ton has had ten seats in the House.

Can­di­dates who have filed since this morning:

1st Con­gres­sion­al District

  • Justin Smoak (states no par­ty preference)

2nd Con­gres­sion­al District

  • Trump Repub­li­can Tim Uy

3rd Con­gres­sion­al District

  • Demo­c­rat Davy Ray
  • Demo­c­rat Devin C. Gray

4th Con­gres­sion­al District

  • Repub­li­can Sare­na Sloot
  • Inde­pen­dent Evan Jones

5th Con­gres­sion­al District

  • Demo­c­rat Dave Wilson

6th Con­gres­sion­al District

  • Repub­li­can Stephan Brodhead

7th Con­gres­sion­al District

  • Inde­pen­dent Rick Lewis

9th Con­gres­sion­al District

  • Repub­li­can Joshua Campbell

10th Con­gres­sion­al District

  • Repub­li­can Ralph Johnson
  • Repub­li­can Gor­don Allen Ross
  • Inde­pen­dent Todd Buckley

Executive Department

Wash­ing­ton State’s exec­u­tive depart­ment con­sists of nine statewide direct­ly elect­ed posi­tions head­ed by a gov­er­nor. All posi­tions are for four-year terms, filled in pres­i­den­tial years. Each posi­tion is inde­pen­dent­ly elect­ed and thus has its own port­fo­lio of respon­si­bil­i­ties. Key man­age­ment posi­tions with­in the exec­u­tive branch that are not direct­ly elect­ed are filled by guber­na­to­r­i­al appointment.

Can­di­dates who have filed since this morning:


  • Demo­c­rat Omari Tahur Garrett
  • Repub­li­can Raul Garcia
  • Pre-2016 Repub­li­can Nate Herzog
  • Cas­ca­dia Labour David Voltz
  • Green Liz Hallock
  • Cameron M. Vassey (states no par­ty preference)
  • Bri­an R. Weed (states no par­ty preference)

Lieu­tenant Governor

  • Demo­c­rat Dan­ny Heck
  • Demo­c­rat Michelle Jasmer
  • Demo­c­rat James R. Rafferty
  • Lib­er­tar­i­an Jared Frerichs
  • Lib­er­tar­i­an Matt Seymour

Com­mis­sion­er of Pub­lic Lands

  • Demo­c­rat Frank Wallbrown
  • Repub­li­can Maryam Abasbarzy
  • Repub­li­can Cameron Whitney
  • Lib­er­tar­i­an Kelsey Reyes

Sec­re­tary of State

  • Pro­gres­sive Gen­try Lange

Super­in­ten­dent of Pub­lic Instruction

  • David Spring
  • Den­nis Wick

State Supreme Court

The most impor­tant judi­cial body in Wash­ing­ton State is its State Supreme Court, which, like its fed­er­al equiv­a­lent, has nine mem­bers. How­ev­er, unlike the Unit­ed States Supreme Court, some­times referred to as SCOTUS for short, mem­bers of the State Supreme Court are direct­ly elect­ed by the vot­ers for six-year terms.

No new can­di­dates have filed since this morning.

Key legislative races

The Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture, like the Unit­ed States Con­gress, is a bicam­er­al body with a House and Sen­ate. Mem­bers of the state House serve two year terms, just like their fed­er­al coun­ter­parts, while mem­bers of the state Sen­ate serve four year terms. Present­ly, Wash­ing­ton has forty-nine leg­isla­tive dis­tricts, with each dis­trict elect­ing two rep­re­sen­ta­tives and one senator.

Can­di­dates who have filed since this morning:

1st Leg­isla­tive District

  • State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive — Posi­tion #1
    • Repub­li­can Adam Bartholomew
  • State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive — Posi­tion #2
    • Repub­li­can Jeb Brewer

5th Leg­isla­tive District

  • State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive — Posi­tion #1
    • Uni­ty Restora­tion Cyrus Krohn

10th Leg­isla­tive District

  • State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive — Posi­tion #2
    • Pro­gres­sive Tay­lor Zimmerman

17th Leg­isla­tive District

  • State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive — Posi­tion #2
    • Repub­li­can Bri­an White

18th Leg­isla­tive District

  • State Sen­a­tor
    • Repub­li­can John Ley

19th Leg­isla­tive District

  • State Sen­a­tor
    • Repub­li­can Wes Cormier

25th Leg­isla­tive District

  • State Sen­a­tor
    • Repub­li­can Emmett Smith

Pierce County positions

Pierce is Wash­ing­ton’s sec­ond largest coun­ty by pop­u­la­tion. Unlike its north­ern neigh­bor King and oth­er home rule coun­ties in Wash­ing­ton State with char­ters, Pierce elects its coun­ty-lev­el posi­tions in even-num­bered years (when turnout is high­er), as opposed to odd-num­bered years (when turnout is typ­i­cal­ly lower).

Can­di­dates who have filed since this morning:

Coun­ty Council

  • Dis­trict #3
    • Repub­li­can Joe Zaichkin


  • Cyn­die Fajardo

See the complete list of everyone who has filed

Want to see a com­pre­hen­sive list of all can­di­date fil­ings at the state lev­el? You can do so at the Sec­re­tary of State’s web­site. You may also browse our archive of Fil­ing Week reports to see who filed for office at oth­er inter­vals.

Edi­tor’s note: Fil­ing Week has now come to an end, but we’ll have one more post­mortem post next week with a list of can­di­dates who decid­ed to withdraw. 

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