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.
Here’s 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; Tony Sandoval, a Yakima businessman; Kevin Midbust, a Rite Aid supervisor from Richland; Republican Glen Stockwell, an economic development advocate and perennial candidate from Ritzville; Republican George Cicotte, a Kennewick attorney; Republican Janea Holmquist, a sitting state senator from Moses Lake; and Independent Richard Wright of Kennewick, who ran for the seat as a Democrat in 2006.