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Thousands of folks want to run for office

OLYMPIA -- A check of county elections office by the Secretary of State's Office indicates 2,132 people have filed for office as of the close of business Wednesday.

That's hump day for filing week, which ends whenever your local Elections Office shuts down on Friday. In Spokane, that's 4 p.m.

So for the undecided potential candidates out there, it's time to make up your mind.

The Spokane area's one legislative race, the 4th District Senate seat, has one candidate right now, but will have two by Thursday. Former Rep. Mike Padden filed Monday; current Sen. Jeff Baxter, who was appointed to the opening this year plans to file Thursday. Both are Republicans. Still no sign of a Democrat in the race.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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