Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Day 95° Clear

Spin Control

4th Congressional District has long ballot

An even dozen candidates are running for an open seat in Central Washington’s 4th Congressional District, making it the most crowded race in the state’s Aug. 5 primary.

The district trends heavily Republican, and so did the candidate filings. Eight are Republicans, with two Democrats and two independents. Under the state’s primary system, the top two vote-getters advance to the general election, regardless of party.

Go inside the blog to see the order they’ll appear on the ballot after a drawing by the secretary of state’s office:


Republican Gavin Seim, a videographer from Ephrata

Democrat Estakio Beltran, a former congressional aide from Richland

Republican Dan Newhouse, former legislator and state agriculture director from Yakima

Republican Clint Didier of Eltopia, a former NFL player who has run for U.S. Senate and state lands commissioner

Independent Josh Ramirez of Pasco, who works for Washington River Protection Solutions

Republican Gordon Allen Pross, a perennial candidate from Ellensburg

Democrat Tony Sandoval, a Yakima businessman

Republican Kevin Midbust, a Rite Aid supervisor from Richland

Republican Glen Stockwell, an advocate for Columbia Basin development and perennial candidate from Ritzville;

Republican George Cicotte, a Kennewick attorney

Republican Janea Holmquist, a sitting state senator from Moses Lake

Independent Richard Wright of Kennewick, who ran for the seat as a Democrat in 2006.

Clearly Seim got the best of the draw, because being at the top is usually good for a few extra votes and Beltran has a good spot as the first Democrat on top of a pile of Republicans. Arguably Holmquist got the worst draw with the penultimate spot because last can be more noticeable than next-to-last.

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

Follow Jim online: