Although campaigns began months ago for some offices in Washington state, the field — for races from Congress to governor to the state auditor to the Legislature — was finally set with Friday’s candidate-filing deadline.
OLYMPIA — This November’s ballot — it’s not just about Trump.
With races for the Legislature, Congress, Senate, a governor seeking a second term and several open statewide offices, Washington voters face a lot of choices.
Although the campaigns began months ago for some offices, the field was finally set with Friday’s candidate-filing deadline.
Democratic Gov. Jay Insleefaces a challenge by former Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant, a Republican. Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, seeking a fifth term, will go up against former Republican state party chairman Chris Vance. Vance has said he will not only not vote for Trump, he has also called some of the presumptive presidential nominee’s views “insane.”
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The field in both races is crowded with minor candidates.
The top-two primary will be held Aug. 2. The general election is Nov. 8.
Here are highlights of other contests and some challenges and candidates of note:
7th Congressional District
In the competition for Congress, Democrats in the Seattle-area 7th District are scrambling to replace longtime Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott, who is retiring after holding the seat for nearly 30 years. Those running for the seat include state Sen. Pramila Jayapal, state Rep. Brady Walkinshaw and Metropolitan King County Council Chairman Joe McDermott, who is not related to the retiring congressman.
Eastern Washington’s 4th District features a potential rematch of the 2014 election between two Republicans. Tea-party supporter Clint Didier is challenging U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse’s bid for a second term.
In the 8th District, Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is facing several challengers, including from former sportscaster Tony Ventrella, a Democrat. The 8th District includes Chelan and Kittitas counties, as well as parts of Douglas, King and Pierce counties.
In the 9th District, which includes parts of King and Pierce counties, Democratic U.S. Rep. Adam Smith faces four challengers. Among them, former Democratic state Rep. Jesse Wineberry, who was encouraged to run by a group of African-American clergy.
Representing the United Black Christian Clergy of Washington, the group said Friday in Seattle it felt overlooked and disrespected by Smith, at a time when the African-American population of Seattle’s Central District has dwindled and faces further displacement from redevelopment.
With incumbents deciding to step aside, five of the nine statewide elected offices are open this year, creating a slew of skirmishes among state legislators and others to gain the positions.
In one surprise, Democratic Rep. Jim Moeller, of Vancouver, who had previously begun a campaign for lieutenant governor, filed instead to challenge U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in the 3rd congressional district.
The retirement of four-term Democratic Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has prompted 11 candidates to seek the office, including three Democratic state senators: Cyrus Habib of Kirkland, Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens and Karen Fraser of Olympia.
Republicans Phillip Yin, Javier H. Figueroa and Marty McClendon are among those also seeking the seat.
Secretary of State
Secretary of State Kim Wyman, the only Republican holding statewide elective office, faces competition from Democrat Tina Podlodowski, a former Seattle City Council member.
State Auditor Troy Kelley, a Democrat known chiefly of late for his federal indictment and trial on felony theft and money-laundering charges, isn’t running for a second term.
Among the five seeking to replace Kelley are GOP state Sen. Mark Miloscia of Federal Way and Democrat Jeffrey Sprung, an attorney from Seattle.
Public Lands Commissioner
After announcing his re-election campaign last autumn, Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark — whose position oversees the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) — decided against running.
Among the seven candidates running to replace him are Democrats Hilary Franz, who is on leave from heading Futurewise, a group that works on environmental and public-policy issues; Karen Porterfield, who has worked as a management consultant; King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove; and former Spokane mayor and DNR employee Mary Verner. Also running: Republican Steve McLaughlin, a retired Navy officer.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
The state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Randy Dorn, who briefly considered a gubernatorial run to highlight school-funding issues, is also stepping aside.
Among the nine candidates running for this nonpartisan seat are state Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Tumwater; Erin Jones, who spent three years working for Dorn as assistant superintendent of student achievement; and Robin Fleming, also from the superintendent’s office, as the administrator for health programs.
Democratic State Treasurer Jim McIntire has also decided not to seek re-election. Five candidates want that job, including Democratic state Sen. Marko Liias of Lynnwood; Democrat Alec Fisken, who is a former Port of Seattle Commissioner; and Republican Michael Waite.
Democratic Attorney General Bob Ferguson has drawn a challenge from Libertarian Party candidate Joshua B. Trumbull.
Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, a Democrat, faces a challenge by Libertarian candidate Justin Murta and Republican Richard Schrock.
In the Legislature, all 98 House seats are up, as are about two dozen Senate seats.
How those races shake out could change the balance of power. House Democrats hold a slim 50-48 majority, while Republicans hold a comparably tight 26-23 majority in the Senate.
The parties are expected to be engaged in a pitched battle over the Vancouver-area 17th District, where GOP state Sen. Don Benton is retiring. Democrat Tim Probst — who lost to Benton in 2012 by fewer than 100 votes — will face Rep. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver.
In the House, Democrats and Republicans are targeting a handful of open and contested seats in the Puget Sound region and Southwest Washington.
For a full list of candidates, visit the Washington Secretary of State’s website.
Information in this article, originally published May 20, 2016, was corrected May 21, 2016. A previous version of this story inadvertently omitted the name of one of the elected officials running for the 7th Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott. State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw is campaigning for that office.