Field is set for fall election season

Check out who is running in the 31st Legislative District and the 8th Congressional District.

The region’s voters, like their peers throughout Washington, now know who they will be considering when casting their ballots in the fall.

The official filing period was last week, May 14-18, across the state. Candidates for all offices had to submit their names for consideration by the close of office hours Friday.

Ballots won’t be as daunting as usual, with a limited number of races to be determined. There are no city council or school board seats to fill, so things won’t seem as “local” as in other years.

The races hitting closest to home come in the 31st Legislative District, which takes in Enumclaw, Bonney Lake, Buckley, Lake Tapps, Sumner and a portion of Auburn. In the race for the 31st Senate seat, incumbent Phil Fortunato, a Republican, is challenged by Democrat Immaculate Ferreria and Jeff Benson, who lists no party preference. In the Position 1 race, incumbent Drew Stokesbary, a Republican, faces Democrat Victoria Mena; in Position 2, incumbent Morgan Irwin, a Republican, is challenged by Democrat Mark Boswell and Steve Skutt, who lists no party preference.

In Pierce County, area voters will decide who represents them on the Pierce County Council. Incumbent Dan Roach of Bonney Lake has filled two terms and cannot run again. Seeking the District 1 post on the Republican side are Milt Trembley of Buckley, Sharon Hanek of Bonney Lake and Dave Morell of Puyallup; also on the ballot is Democrat Lorra Jackson of Puyallup.

Voters will help decide who replaces the retiring Dave Reichert in the 8th Congressional District. A dozen candidates stepped forward, including four Democrats, three Republicans, one from the Independent Centrist Party, a Libertarian and three independent candidates.

Also looking toward Washington, D.C., local voters will help choose a U.S. senator – and they will have plenty of options to consider. Candidates include incumbent Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, and 29 other opponents.

Local voters will also see numerous races for judicial position on their ballots. Seats will be decided for the state Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and District Courts in both King and Pierce counties.

The August primary will narrow all fields to the top two, who will advance to November’s general election.

More in News

Nelson honored as state Superintendent of the Year

The district’s Board of Directors was also given the honor of being named the 2018 Board of Distinction.

Bonney Lake City Council approves 5-year utility rate hikes

By 2023, residents will see a 50 percent rise in their water rates and a 40 percent in their sewer rates.

White River fish passage project under way

The old 1940s system was designed to haul 20,000 fish annually. Now the facility has to be upgraded to handle 20,000 a day.

Certain businesses banned from prime sites in Buckley

Entering Buckley from the west provides a highway panorama that may not… Continue reading

Holiday garbage schedules set

Find out how your garbage and recycling pickups will be affected by Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

Extra DUI patrols on Black Friday | Washington State Patrol

The following is a press release by the Washington State Patrol: On… Continue reading

East Pierce Fire and Rescue, Pierce County Library System nearly ready to celebrate midterm results

As of Nov. 14, both property tax proposals have just inched past the finish line, but with ballots still to be counted, it may be too early to count those chickens.

Black Diamond driver kills Kent pedestrian

The victim was Frishta Noori, 25, a Kent mother of two.

Time to bring the heat on tuberculosis | Public Health Insider

A quarter of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis bacteria, and it’s time to change that.

Most Read