Senator Murray draws 17 challengers in WA State primary as filing deadline ends |
The ballots for the Aug. 2 primary election in Washington are now set, as candidates ran for hundreds of positions in contests that will see Republicans — nationally and across the country. State – trying to catch up even as the party fights an internal battle over continued loyalty to former President Donald Trump and his efforts to reverse his 2020 election defeat.
There were no major surprises, but the marquee races drew large fields of candidates at a time when high inflation, the lingering pandemic and fears about the future of American democracy and law abortion are fueling endemic discontent with government leaders.
Seventeen challengers have filed a lawsuit against US Senator Patty Murray, the third Senate Democrat, who is seeking a sixth term this year. By far, his best-funded challenger is Pasco veterans’ attorney Tiffany Smiley, a first candidate already endorsed by the state’s Republican Party, who has raised more than $4.2 million to $11.7 million. dollars for Murray.
The most vulnerable Democratic member of the US Congress, US Representative Kim Schrier, D-Sammamish, is seeking a third term in the 8th congressional district, which includes large swaths of King, Pierce and Snohomish counties and crosses the Cascades to in Kittitas. and Chelan Counties.
As expected, several Republicans showed up to compete in the primary for the chance to face Schrier this fall. They include Metropolitan County Council member King Reagan Dunn; Jesse Jensen, a combat veteran and technical manager who ran for the seat in 2020; Matt Larkin, lawyer and executive in his family’s manufacturing business; and Scott Stephenson, an Amazon program manager.
Meanwhile, Republican U.S. Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse each face a slew of Republican challengers angered by incumbent votes to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters. seeking to stop the peaceful transfer of power to President Joe Biden.
The glut of pro-Trump challengers competing for roughly the same voters may benefit Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground and Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, in the August primary.
Six Republicans have filed a lawsuit to challenge Newhouse, including Loren Culp, the former Trump-backed small-town police chief who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2020; State Representative Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick; businessman Prosser Jerrod Sessler; and Corey Gibson, a Selah resident who has worked in marketing. A Democrat, Yakima businessman Doug White, also filed.
Four Republican challengers filed against Herrera Beutler. They include Joe Kent, the Trump-endorsed fight veteran who has become a frequent Fox News guest; Heidi St. John, Christian speaker and homeschooling advocate; and State Representative Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver. Democrats Marie Gluesenkamp Perez and Davy Ray also ran for the seat. Another Democrat, Brent Hennrich, who had been campaigning for months, withdrew his candidacy on Friday and called for support for Gluesenkamp Perez.
In the Seattle area, Democratic U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, and Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, each drew four challengers, including Vincent Cavaleri, a Mill Creek Cty Council member challenging DelBene.
Democratic U.S. Representative Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, seeking a 14th term, has attracted five challengers, including Stephanie Gallardo, a Democratic socialist who has raised more than $120,000.
The state’s chief election office is up for grabs, with Secretary of State Steve Hobbs running to retain the post to which he was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee after longtime Republican incumbent Kim Wyman resigned l last year to serve in an election security position in the Biden administration. .
Hobbs, a former Democratic state senator and lieutenant colonel in the Washington National Guard, was appointed despite his lack of experience as an election administrator. He filed this week to seek a full four-year term.
Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, a longtime election administrator, ran as a nonpartisan candidate for the office, arguing that the office should be seen as politically independent. Republicans who have filed include State Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley; former state senator Mark Miloscia, who this week resigned as head of the conservative Christian group the Family Policy Institute of Washington; and Snohomish County resident Bob Hagglund. Tamborine Borrelli, a Yelm resident who filed multiple lawsuits alleging, without evidence, that the 2020 election was fraudulent, also filed as an “America First” Republican.
Three state Supreme Court seats, currently held by Justices Mary Yu, Barbara Madsen and G. Helen Whitener, have attracted no challengers.
Ballots will be mailed to voters beginning July 15.