Political newcomers appeared likely to advance to spots on the November ballot in the races for lands commissioner and lieutenant governor. And two Republicans were ahead of the pack to fill the treasurer’s seat that is being vacated by a Democrat.
With no incumbent in four statewide races this fall, political newcomers appeared likely to advance to spots on the November ballot for lands commissioner and lieutenant governor.
And two Republicans were ahead of the pack to fill the treasurer’s seat that is being vacated by a Democrat.
Tuesday’s primary results will determine the two candidates who will move on to the general election in each of those races.
In Tuesday’s count, Mark Miloscia and Pat McCarthy were leading a field of five seeking to replace embattled Auditor Troy Kelley, who has been accused of fraud and other charges related to a real-estate services business he operated before becoming auditor. In April, Kelley was acquitted in federal court on one count of making a false statement, but the jury deadlocked on 14 other counts. He is expected to be tried again.
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Cyrus Habib and Marty McClendon were leading an 11-person race for lieutenant governor to replace Democrat Brad Owen, who has held the office since 1997 and isn’t seeking re-election.
Steve McLaughlin and Hilary Franz were leading a seven-person race for public lands commissioner, an office that oversees the state’s largest firefighting force and 5.6 million acres. Peter Goldmark, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election.
Republicans Duane Davidson and Michael Waite were leading in the race to fill the treasurer’s seat that is being vacated by Democrat James McIntire.
Commissioner of public lands
McLaughlin, a Republican, led in every county but King in Tuesday’s returns. He is a retired U.S. Navy commander, and although he has not held elected office before, he said he has experience in this state training firefighters and sheriff’s deputies on methods of working together during a fire.
He was leading Franz, a Democrat, 39 percent to 21 percent. Franz has served on the Bainbridge Island City Council and is executive director of Futurewise.
In the race for lieutenant governor, Democrat Habib, a state senator from Kirkland, had a narrow lead over Republican McClendon. Two Democratic state senators, Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens and Karen Fraser of Olympia, were trailing McClendon by just a few percentage points.
Habib campaigned on the idea that the Legislature can be made more accessible. He teaches legislative procedure at Seattle University, and raised the most campaign money in the race.
McClendon touted the need for conservative leadership. He is a small-business owner and pastor, and a radio-talk-show host.
With five candidates vying for the open treasurer’s seat, it was the two Republicans, Duane Davidson and Michael Waite, who were leading in Tuesday’s returns.
Davidson has been Benton County treasurer since 2003, and was endorsed by many of the county treasurers in the state.
Waite, of Seattle, a Republican banker, has never served in public office but has managed more than $11.1 billion in private assets.
All five people running to replace Kelley have said their top priority is to restore the credibility of the office.
Miloscia, a Republican senator from Federal Way, chairs the Senate Accountability and Reform Committee and ran for auditor as a Democrat in 2012 but lost to Kelley in the primary. He was leading McCarthy by 37 percent to 31 percent.
McCarthy, a Democrat and Pierce County executive, has also served as the county’s auditor and as a member of the Tacoma School Board. She says her detailed knowledge of government’s inner workings gives her an edge.
Secretary of state
In the election for secretary of state, former Seattle City Councilmember Tina Podlodowski, a Democrat, was narrowly trailing Republican incumbent Kim Wyman.
Republicans have held Washington’s secretary of state office since 1965, and it is the only statewide office currently held by the GOP.
Incumbent Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, a Democrat, will face Richard Schrock, a Republican commissioner of Snohomish County Fire District No. 1.
With only two candidates in the state attorney general’s race, incumbent Bob Ferguson, a Democrat, and Libertarian candidate Joshua Trumbull both advance to the general election.