Filing week for the August primary and November election ends today. So far, fifteen candidates have filed for eight statewide offices.
One race that could influence the power in the state Senate is the 26th Legislative District, which covers parts of Kitsap and Pierce counties. Republican state Rep. Jan Angel has filed to run against Democratic Sen. Nathan Schlicher. Schlicher is an emergency room doctor who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Derek Kilmer. Angel is a former real estate agent who has been a state representative since 2009.
In the 8th Legislative District in Benton County, Republican state Sen. Sharon Brown will be facing two members of her same party. Brown drew widespread attention when she filed a controversial bill at the end of regular session that would have allowed businesses to refuse services based on religious beliefs. Richland City Councilman Phillip Lemley and West Richland City Councilman Tony Benegas, both Republicans, have filed to run in the race.
In the Northeastern part of the state, Sen. John Smith will be on the ballot. The Republican farmer was selected earlier this year to replace Bob Morton, a former GOP senator who served more than two decades in the 7th Legislative District before retiring in January. Republicans Mike Brunson and Brian Dansel have also filed in the race.
Other statewide races include King Superior Court, Clark Superior Court and Benton, Franklin Superior Court, as well as Court of Appeals in Districts 1 and 2.
See the full list of candidates on the Secretary of State’s website.