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More candidates, more events: Wassup June 9

The field for Eastern Washington's 5th Congressional District filled out overnight, a result of candidates being able to file on-line. No surprises, though.

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers got her paperwork filed. Newcomer Clyde Cordero, a Democrat, and Randall Yearout of the Constitution Party also got their paperwork in to run against the three-term Republican incumbent. Perennial candidate Barbara Lampert, also a Democrat, was the first to file for the seat on Monday.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen filed for re-election, as did Justice Richard Sanders, who already faces a challenge from Charlie Wiggens of Bainbridge Island. Stan Rumbaugh of Tacoma filed for Position 1, the seat held by Justice Jim Johnson, who is expected to file later this week.

Number of candidates in the U.S. Senate race is up to eight, with yet another perennial candidate, William Chovill of Tacoma, in the race. And the two most visible Republicans, Clint Didier and Dino Rossi, haven't even filed yet. Noon update: Republican Paul Akers said this morning  he will file Thursday...that would make 11.

Two Spokane area candidates are filing today, and may bump into each other at the county elections office. Republican Mike Baumgartner, who is challenging state Sen. Chris Marr in the 6th Legislative District, has a post-sign up rally at 3:30 p.m.; so does incumbent County Commissioner Bonnie Mager, a Democrat seeking her second term.

Not sure how big a crowd either is expecting, but there's a fairly big parking lot outside the elections office.

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