Local politicians file for 31st District race

The formal filing period for the fall election season opened Monday and runs through the close of office hours Friday. On the Plateau there's nothing at the local level, as the various City Council and school board positions are all filled.

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The formal filing period for the fall election season opened Monday and runs through the close of office hours Friday.

On the Plateau there’s nothing at the local level, as the various City Council and school board positions are all filled.

The most interesting race appears to be for the 31st District’s Position 2 seat in the state House of Representatives. Up for grabs is the post being vacated by longtime incumbent Christopher Hurst.

As of Monday morning, the seat was already drawing attention. Filing shortly after the opening bell were Lane Walthers (Independent Democrat) and Phil Fortunato (Republican). Enumclaw City Councilman Morgan Irwin has announced his intention to run, but had not filed as of noon Monday. The same is true for Bonney Lake’s Christopher Leyba.

The district’s Position 1 seat, held by first-term incumbent Drew Stokesbary, also will be on the ballot. As of noon Monday, Stokesbary had filed, along with John Frostad, a member of the Libertarian Party.

Also on the fall ballot and to be voted upon by local citizens are the state’s U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Patty Murray and the 8th Congressional District post now held by Dave Reichert.

Also on the fall ballot will be all the state offices. The most notable races are for lieutenant governor, where Brad Owen will retire after a long stint in office, and for state auditor, where the embattled Troy Kelley will not be seeking re-election.

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