A displaced television weatherman – from Greenacres, no less – is running against a popular congresswoman?
A former county assessor looking to reclaim her job?
Four conservatives have targeted a Democratic incumbent county commissioner?
It looks like the August primary election just got a bit more interesting.
By Friday afternoon, all the players had revealed themselves, and there were some surprises. Daryl Romeyn, a Democrat and former weatherman for KREM-TV, filed Friday to run against Cathy McMorris Rodgers for the 5th District congressional seat. He joined Clyde Cordero, another Democrat from the Spokane Valley area, to run against the Republican incumbent. They are joined by Democrat David Fox of Port Angeles, perennial office-seeker Barbara Lampert of Spokane (also a Democrat) and Constitution Party candidate Randall Yearout of Otis Orchards.
On the flipside, there won’t even be an election in the 4th District races for state representative. Incumbents Larry Crouse and Matt Shea find themselves without opponents.
The same cannot be said, however, for county Commissioner Bonnie Mager. Al French – a former Spokane City Council member – filed as preferring the “GOP Party,” while David Elton, Jeff Holy and Steve Salvatori all prefer the Republican Party. Elton – who is currently in a legal entanglement over allegedly harassing e-mails to Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan and Betsy Cowles, chairwoman of Cowles Co. -- ran in 2002 for the Spokane Valley City Council position that was eventually won by current Council Member Gary Schimmels.
In what’s shaping up to be a crowded county assessor election, incumbent Ralph Baker faces challenges from Lori Wick, Andre Jackson and Vicki Horton, who all hail from the Spokane Valley area. Gina McKenzie and former Assessor Sadie Charlene Cooney round out the race.
Incumbent Vicky Dalton only faces one challenger, Republican Leonard Christian, in the election for county auditor.
Incumbent Thomas Fallquist is without a challenger for county clerk.
County Prosecutor Steve Tucker will be challenged by Chris Bugbee, Dave Stevens, Frank Malone and Jim Reierson.
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s name will appear alone on the ballot, as will Treasurer D.E. “Skip” Chilberg’s.
The primary election in Aug. 17. Per Washington state law, the top two candidates in each race, regardless of party affiliation, will move on to the November general election.