Although he didn’t actually file for the office until Tuesday night, a resident of Spokane Valley will take on 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the fall elections.
The top two candidates in each race will move on the November general election after the Aug. 17 primary election
Clyde Cordero, who works as an advertising salesman for a Web publication, made his announcement on Monday before moving forward and submitting the $1,740 filing fee at the Spokane County Elections Office. He will run as a Democrat, along with Barbara Lampert, who filed Monday.
Lampert, 64, has made unsuccessful runs for offices ranging from the Spokane City Council to the U.S. Senate in the past. She also mounted a challenge against McMorris Rodgers in 2008, but was defeated by fellow Democrat Mark Mays in the primary election that year.
McMorris Rodgers has been in Congress since 2004, when Rep. George Nethercutt made an unsuccessful bid for Senate. She has been re-elected twice.
McMorris Rodgers, however, will face yet another challenge from Randall Yearout, who also filed Tuesday. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he challenged the incumbent two years ago as a member of the Constitution Party.
In the race for U.S. Senate, no one east of the Cascades has filed against Democratic incumbent Patty Murray except Norma Gruber from Walla Walla. Murray has three other challengers, including the enigmatically named “Goodspaceguy,” a fellow Democrat from Seattle.
Closer to home, Larry Crouse and Matt Shea didn’t make any special efforts to file early for return trips (Crouse filed Tuesday, however) to the state Legislature representing the 4th District, which covers Spokane Valley. But neither incumbent had any challengers as of Wednesday, either.
On Monday, county Commissioner Bonnie Mager, a Democrat, was officially challenged by two Republicans, Jeff Holy and Spokane City Council Member Al French. Mager waited to file until Wednesday.
County Assessor Ralph Baker also filed Monday. The Republican incumbent will be challenged by Lori Wick, Andrew Jackson and Vicki Horton, and all three hail from the Spokane Valley area.
Auditor Vicky Dalton and Clerk Thomas Fallquist are (as of Wednesday) thus far unchallenged, along with Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Treasurer Skip Chilberg.
County Prosecutor Steve Tucker faces a challenge from Frank Malone and Dave Stevens, who filed Monday.