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Candidates file election papers in Washington state

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014

The official filing period for elective offices in Washington state got started Monday with little drama in Spokane.

Many incumbent candidates filed paperwork to appear on this year’s ballot.

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, filed for re-election as expected.

District Court Judge Sara Derr is going to face a challenge from attorney Chris Bugbee in the Position 2 race. Bugbee ran for prosecuting attorney in 2010.

In the race for the District 3 seat on the Spokane County Board of Commissioners, Democrat Mary Lou Johnson filed to take on incumbent Commissioner Al French, a Republican. Former Commissioner Bonnie Mager has said she will run as an independent for that seat. She lost a race for re-election to French in 2010.

In other Courthouse races, incumbent Vicki Horton, a Republican, filed for assessor.

Alene Lindstrand, a Republican, filed for auditor. She is expected to run against incumbent Vicky Dalton, a Democrat.

Larry Haskell filed as a Republican for prosecuting attorney. He likely will face Breann Beggs, who is expected to file as a Democrat. Incumbent Prosecuting Attorney Steve Tucker is expected to retire.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich filed for re-election as a Republican. He likely is to face fellow Republican Doug Orr, a Spokane police detective who has announced his intention to challenge the sheriff.

Republican Mary Kuney filed for treasurer and is expected to challenge incumbent Rob Chase, also a Republican.

In District Court positions, Vance W. Peterson, Donna Wilson, Patti Connolly Walker, Gregory J. Tripp, Debra R. Hayes and Richard M. Leland all filed for office.

In legislative races, Democrat Marcus Riccelli filed for re-election in the 3rd District.

In the 4th District, appointed incumbent Leonard Christian, a Republican, filed for his House seat.

Incumbent Sen. Michael Baumgartner, a Republican, filed for re-election in the 6th District. Also filing in that district was incumbent Rep. Jeff Holy, a Republican.

The filing period closes Friday.

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