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Filing period attracts plenty of candidates

May 21, 2014

Seventh District Sen. Brian Dansel, who defeated fellow Republican John Smith in a special election last November, will face another GOP election challenge this fall.
Colville’s Tony Booth has filed for the position. No other candidate filed during last week’s sign-up period.
Dansel will not be the only Seventh District legislator facing an election challenge this year. Incumbent Shelly Short, a Republican from Addy, will face a November general election challenge from Mead Libertarian James R. Aker.
Joel Kretz, the other district representative, will face off against Loon Lake’s Ronnie Rae, a Centralist Party candidate, in the November general election.
In the Fourth District, incumbent Rep. Bob McCaslin will face election challenges from Spokane Valley’s Leonard Christian and Diana White, both Republican.
Incumbent Rep. Matt Shea will also face an election challenge this fall from fellow Republican Josh Arritola.
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will also face a crowded ballot this fall.
Among the challengers will be fellow Republican Tom Horne of Nine Mile Falls. Inchelium’s Joseph Pakootas, a Democrat, and Spokane’s David Wilson, an independent, will also challenge the five-term U.S. representative in the general election.
Under Washington State law, any position that attracts more than two candidates will face a non-partisan blanket primary election. In that scenario, the top two vote-getters in the Aug. 5 primary election, regardless of party affiliation, will advance to the November general election.
In other candidate filings:
STATEWIDE
Non-partisan
Supreme Court (Position 1) — Mary Yu.
Supreme Court (Position 3) — Mary Fairhurst.
Supreme Court (Position 4) — Eddie Yoon, Charles Johnson.
Supreme Court (Position 7) — Debra Stephens, John Scannell.
Regional
Non-partisan
Court of Appeals Division 3, District 1 — Kevin Korsmo.
SPOKANE COUNTY
County Commissioner (District 3) — Al French (GOP Party), Mary Lou Johnson (Democrat) and Bonne Mager (Independent).
Assessor — Vickie Horton (Republican) and Roger Trainor (Republican).
Auditor — Vicky Dalton (Democrat) and Alene Lindstrand (GOP).
Clerk — Timothy Fitzgerald (Republican).
Prosecuting Attorney — Larry Haskell (Republican), Breean Beggs (Democrat).
Sheriff — Ozzie Knezovich (Republican), Doug Orr (Republican).
Treasurer — Mary Kuney (GOP), Amy Biviano (Democrat) and Rob Chase (Republican).
District Court Judges (all non-partisan) — Vance Peterson (Position 1), Christ Bugbee (Position 2), Sara Derr (Position 2), Donna Wilson (Position 3), Patti Connolly Walker (Position 4), Gregory Tripp (Position 5), Richard Reierson (Position 5), Debra Hayes (Position 6) and Randy Brandt (Position 7).
STEVENS COUNTY
County Commissioner (District 2) — Don Dashiell (Republican).
Assessor — Mark Eastabrooks (Republican), Emil Caruthers (Republican), John Olson (Republican), Mike Brunson (Republican) and CJ Wolfe (Republican).
Auditor — Tim Gray (Democrat).
Clerk — Patricia Chester (Democrat).
Coroner — Lorrie Sampson (Republican), Dave Baskin (Republican) and Connie LaRue (Republican).
Sheriff — Kendle Allen (Republican), Steven Schroeder (no party) and Ken Barker (Republican).
Treasurer — Sue Harnasch (Democrat).
Prosecuting Attorney — Tim Rasmussen (Republican).
District Court Judge (non-partisan) — Gina Tviet and Michael Clay.

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