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The mental state of a Spokane County commission candidate is in question. A week before filing for office Friday, civic gadfly David H. Elton was ordered by Spokane County Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno to undergo mental evaluations to determine whether he’s competent to stand trial on harassment charges related to threatening e-mails sent last year to Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan and to Betsy Cowles, chairwoman of the Cowles Co., which owns The Spokesman-Review.
OLYMPIA – Last week, Eastern Washington Democrats were scrambling to find one candidate to challenge Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for her fourth term. This week, they have four – a perennial candidate and a trio of novices, one of them a relative unknown, one known for telling television viewers about the weather and a third who lives on the other side of the state.
Would-be candidates waiting until the last minute to file for office better check to see when the “last minute” is. Depending on where they file, it could be anywhere from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Candidates have until the close of business on Friday, the last day of filing week, to file their initial paperwork. Traditionally, that meant 5 p.m. at elections offices across the state.
From the top of the ticket down, the Aug. 17 primary ballot got longer Wednesday as congressional and county races began to fill up. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat, has six challengers filed against her, and that’s without any of the big-name Republicans officially in the race yet. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers filed for another two years in Eastern Washington’s 5th District, and so did two announced challengers.
Would-be candidates waiting for the last minute to file for office better check to see when the “last minute” is. Depending on where you file, it could be anywhere from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Last week, Democrats had no one to run against Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Eastern Washington’s congressional seat. Monday they had two – a novice from Spokane Valley and a perennial office-seeker from Spokane. Clyde Cordero, an advertising salesman for a Web publication, announced Monday that he would run for the seat that has been reliably Republican since the GOP knocked off the sitting speaker of the House in 1994. Cordero is originally from California, and moved to the Valley about 4 1/2 years ago with his wife and two children to be close to her family.