All the players in the primary election were more or less in place by the middle of last week, with only the race for Spokane Valley’s representative to the Board of County Commissioners to have any ramifications in August.
In the District 2 contest for Spokane County commissioner, there are three hopefuls looking to succeed Mark Richard, who has opted not to seek a third term. They are current Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase, fellow Republican Shelly O’Quinn and Daryl Romeyn, the only one who prefers the Democratic Party.
John Roskelley – Democrat and former District 1 county commissioner – is the only one challenging incumbent Todd Mielke.
Under Washington’s “top two” rules for primaries, the pair of candidates who get the most votes on Aug. 7, regardless of party preference, will continue to the November general election.
Matt Shea, incumbent 4th District legislator to Spokane Valley, finally filed for office last Friday afternoon. The Republican will be challenged by Amy Biviano, who prefers the Democratic Party.
Since there are only two candidates in the race, both will move on to the November general election.
Also in the 4th District, state Sen. Mike Padden and Rep. Larry Crouse are unchallenged.
The more crowded ballots are at the state level. Maria Cantwell, U.S. senator, will face Michael Baumgartner, Art Coday, Chuck Jackson, Mike the Mover and Glen (Stocky) R. Stockwell (Republican); Timmy (Doc) Wilson (Democrat); and Will Baker (Reform).
Cathy McMorris Rodgers, 5th District representative to Congress, is on the ballot with Rich Cowan (Democrat), Randall Yearout (Republican) and Ian Moody (no party preference).