Central Washington's 4th Congressional District continues to attract candidates Tuesday with seven would-be representatives filing for the seat being vacated by Doc Hastings. . .
Lone Democrat Estakio Beltran claimed the bragging rights of first to file in a press release, although a look at the Secretary of State's website suggests he tied for first with Republican Dan Newhouse. Both have a listed filing time of 9:12 a.m. Republicans Clint Didier, George Cicotte and Kevin Midbust had all filed before noon. They were joined by Glen Stockwell and Gavin Seim, two more Republicans, on Tuesday
In Eastern Washington's 5th District, Democrat Joe Pakootas joined the race against Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers who filed Monday along with Independent Dave Wilson. Incumbents in most other congressional districts also filed on the first day. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the Puget Sound's 1st District has a challenge from Mike The Mover, who lists his political preference as "National Union Party." Mover, who changed his name years ago to reflect his occupation, runs for something almost every year, so far without success.
Another perennial candidate, GoodSpaceGuy, filed in the 7th Congressional District for the Work and Wealth Party. filed in the 7th Congressional District for the seat currently held by Rep. Jim McDermott. GoodSpaceGuy ran for King County executive last year, and for the same congressional seat in 2012 listing his party preference as the Employmentwealth Party. He didn't get past the primary in either attempt. He's in the race with McDermott and Republican Scott Sutherland.