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Surprises from Monday, the start of Filing Week…

-Spokane Libertarian John Beck and Spokane retiree Barbara Lampert filed to challenge McMorris Rodgers. Lampert is one of at least two Democrats seeking to oust the former state House minority leader.
-John Moyna, a night janitor running against Senate Majority Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, was one of the few candidates who listed no party.
-Spokane Independent Marcos James Ruiz, Jr. filed to run for the state House seat of Rep. Don Barlow, D-Spokane. Among his campaign expenses so far: $65.13 for “dog food for campaign mascot.”
-Christopher Winter, a Green Party supporter from Clarkston, filed to run against Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax. Among his planks: a 30-hour work week, hemp production and free college for undergraduates.
-And Secretary of State Sam Reed, a Republican who until recently had no declared challengers, now has two: Seattle Democrat Jason Osgood and Bellevue’s Mark Greene, chairman of the little-known “Party of Commons.”

Here’s the frequently-updated list of candidates who’ve filed so far.

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