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Sunday Spin: Clarification on candidate ad rules

Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton wrote recently to say that at the urging of a legislator she had delved deeper into state election law than when we last spoke, and discovered state law does not require candidates to list the office or position they are seeking in advertising. That’s contrary to what was reported in last week’s column on possible jockeying in the 4th Legislative District.

It does, however, have rules for a candidate running for re-election to a seat currently or previously held, or to keep an appointed seat. So the office and position could come into play on advertising in those cases, she wrote.

The two House seats in Spokane Valley’s 4th Legislative District have seven announced candidates, all of them Republicans, but they’re unlikely to be the business primaries in the state.

That distinction is likely to go to Central Washington’s 4th Congressional District seat being vacated by Richard “Doc” Hastings. Six Republicans and one Democrat have already notified the Federal Elections Commission they might run.

Also of note: The state usually has three Supreme Court races in an even-numbered year, but this year there will be four. Mary Yu, who was appointed to the seat of retired Justice Jim Johnson, must run for election and already has one opponent, Bruce Hilyer.




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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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