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Monday, May 16th, 2022

WA Filing Week 2022: A look at who’s filed in key races as of Monday evening

Wel­come to Fil­ing Week 2022!

Today through Fri­day, the Sec­re­tary of State and coun­ty elec­tions offi­cials will be accept­ing for­mal dec­la­ra­tions of can­di­da­cy from Wash­ing­to­ni­ans who have decid­ed they want to run for office at fed­er­al, state, and local levels.

This is a midterm year, which means we’ll be elect­ing all ten of our U.S. House posi­tions, most of our state leg­isla­tive posi­tions, and sev­er­al of our State Supreme Court posi­tions, as well as most coun­ty positions.

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 at 5 PM on the final day of the workweek.

U.S. Senate

Incum­bent Demo­c­ra­t­ic Sen­a­tor Pat­ty Mur­ray and her like­ly gen­er­al elec­tion oppo­nent, Repub­li­can Tiffany Smi­ley, both filed today. Each can­di­date has raised mil­lions of dol­lars for the cam­paign, eas­i­ly dwarf­ing every­one else in the race.

Oth­ers who have decid­ed to run in this mar­quee con­test and will like­ly be elim­i­nat­ed in the August Top Two elec­tion are Leon Law­son, John Guen­ther, Char­lie (Chuck) Jack­son, Bill Hirt, and Ravin Pierre.

Secretary of State

Incum­bent Demo­c­ra­t­ic Sec­re­tary Steve Hobbs and his like­ly gen­er­al elec­tion oppo­nent, Repub­li­can Kei­th Wag­oner, also wast­ed no time in fil­ing today.

Their com­pe­ti­tion thus far con­sists of Pierce Coun­ty Audi­tor Julie Ander­son (who isn’t aligned with a par­ty) and Repub­li­can Bob Hagglund.

State Supreme Court

The three jus­tices whose terms are expir­ing all filed to seek reelec­tion: Mary Yu, G. Helen Whiten­er, and Bar­bara Mad­sen. So far, they have no opponents.

U.S. House

Two-thirds of the state’s incum­bents filed for reelec­tion on day one: Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler, Dan New­house, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, and Adam Smith. Each one has at least one challenger.

Legislative positions

Hun­dreds of peo­ple for­mal­ly declared their can­di­da­cies for State House or State Sen­ate today. A total of fifty-five can­di­dates filed to run in dis­tricts that span more than one coun­ty on the first day of filing.

  • Six­ty-one can­di­dates filed to run in dis­tricts that encom­pass at least one King Coun­ty precinct (includ­ing mul­ti-coun­ty districts)
  • Twen­ty-sev­en can­di­dates files to run in dis­tricts that encom­pass at least one Sno­homish Coun­ty precinct (includ­ing mul­ti-coun­ty districts)
  • Nine­teen can­di­dates filed to run in dis­tricts that encom­pass at least one Pierce Coun­ty dis­trict (again, includ­ing mul­ti-coun­ty districts)

King County

Two can­di­dates have filed to run for Pros­e­cut­ing Attor­ney, which is an open seat this year due to the retire­ment of Dan Sat­ter­berg: Jim Fer­rell and Leesa Manion.

Pierce County

Three hope­fuls have filed to suc­ceed Julie Ander­son as Audi­tor: Damon Townsend, Deryl McCar­ty, and Lin­da Farmer. Josh Har­ris also filed, but with­drew. Mary Rob­nett is unop­posed thus far for reelec­tion as Pros­e­cut­ing Attorney.

For Coun­cil:

  • Dis­trict #1: Repub­li­can incum­bent Dave Morell is unop­posed for reelec­tion so far
  • Dis­trict #5: Demo­c­ra­t­ic incum­bent Mar­ty Camp­bell is opposed by Repub­li­can chal­lenger Nan­cy Dai­ley Slotnick
  • Dis­trict #7: Demo­c­ra­t­ic hope­ful Robyn Den­son has filed to hold the seat being vacat­ed by Coun­cilmem­ber Derek Young. Repub­li­can Josh Har­ris, who ini­tial­ly filed for Audi­tor, has now filed for this Coun­cil seat.

Searchable table: Federal candidates who filed today

Below is a search­able table of all of the fed­er­al can­di­dates who filed today.

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.

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