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Election filing to begin Monday, run through June 11

The 2010 campaign season will kick off in earnest Monday when candidates throughout the state began filing for the fall elections.

Filing week continues through 5 p.m. June 11. Watch The Courier-Herald Web site, www.courierherald.com, for daily filing updates.

There will be no campaign activity at the most local level, as seats on city councils and school boards are addressed in odd-numbered years.

But that doesn't mean local voters won't be asked to make a series of choices in the Aug. 17 primary election and the Nov. 2 general election.

Likely to generate the most local excitement are the trio of races in the 31st Legislative District, which takes in Enumclaw, Buckley, Bonney Lake, Sumner, Wilkeson and parts of Auburn and Black Diamond. Eight candidates already have paperwork on file with the state's Public Disclosure Commission.

The Senate seat has thus far attracted longtime incumbent Pam Roach, a Republican who resides in a rural area between Auburn and Enumclaw, along with challengers Raymond Bunk and Ron Weigelt. Both are Democrats from Bonney Lake.

The Position 1 seat in the House of Representatives will be filled by a new face, as incumbent Dan Roach is seeking a different office. Filing with the PDC were Republicans Cathy Dahlquist and Shawn Bunney and Democrat Peggy Levesque. Bunney, of Lake Tapps, now serves as a member of the Pierce County Council but cannot serve again due to term limits. Dahlquist is an Enumclaw resident and member of the Enumclaw School Board. Levesque is the mayor of South Prairie.

The Position 2 seat has incumbent Christopher Hurst running under a slightly different label. Dissatisfied with the political climate in Olympia, he previously announced he will file as an Independent Democrat. An early challenger is Republican Patrick Reed of Sumner.

Pierce County voters will choose someone to fill the Position 1 seat on the county council. In a political twist, Dan Roach is hoping to fill that vacancy while Bunney campaigns for the legislative seat Roach will be leaving.

In other races, candidates will file for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Patty Murray, the 8th Congressional District seat occupied by Dave Reichert, three positions on the Washington State Supreme Court and a number of judicial positions throughout King and Pierce counties.

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