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.