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

Sharing the love this Valentine’s Day

Crestwood Elementary student Kinzi Hansen organized a Valentines Box drive so every elementary student in her school district could celebrate the holiday.

Final work begins this week on Buckley traffic lights

Police will be guiding traffic on state Route 410 in Buckley Feb. 14, 20, and 21, so plan accordingly.

President’s emergency declaration sparks immediate legal backlash

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his team will sue the White House if federal funds originally intended for Washington state are interrupted.

‘Activity backpacks’ for exploring state parks to be available at your local library

There are several guidelines to make checking out the backpacks a smooth process.

Four-story downtown project pitched to Enumclaw

The bottom floor would be retail, but the next three stories could be condos for aging Baby Boomers.

Bill targets sexual health curriculum in Washington schools

Senate Bill 5395 is co-sponsored by 17 Democratic representatives and introduced by Sen. Claire Wilson, D-Federal Way.

According to King County’s Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) annual report, Seattle had the highest rate of people using services at 36 percent of the total, followed by 31 percent from South King County, 18 percent from the greater Eastside, and 7 percent from north county including Shoreline.
Study shows King County’s treatment funding is making progress

A document on the county’s .1 percent health sales tax was accepted Wednesday by the county council.

Baby wouldn’t wait: Bonney Lake mom delivers son at spa

At 7 pounds, 8 ounces and stretching 21 inches, Brooks Edwin Christiansen entered the world at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Children’s play area at Seadrunar. Photo by Lauren Davis via Facebook
Seedy side of Seadrunar: Drug rehab center accused of neglect, exploitation

Public records reveal that Seattle facility was accused of neglecting children and clients in its care.

Most Read