The Moderate Washingtonian

Outlook on politics and elections in the state of Washington from an overall centrist viewpoint. My views tend to be libertarian in nature, but at the same time are largely nonpartisan.

27 July 2005

2005 election filing, day 3

Here we go again...

King County
*County Council: Democratic incumbents Bob Ferguson and Larry Gossett have filed. Gossett will be challenged by Republican Brian Thomas in his safe Democrat district. Note: this is not former state Rep. Brian Thomas of rural eastern King County, unless he's had some serious plastic surgery since he last held office.
*Seattle Port Commission: Challengers Lloyd Hara and Robert Walker have entered the race in the third and fourth districts.
*Kirkland City Council: Joan McBride has filed in the first district.
*Seattle City Council: Paul Bascomb has filed to run against Councilman Nick Licata for the sixth seat.
*Shoreline City Council: Challengers John Chang (position 1) and Cindy Ryu (position 5) have filed.

Pierce County
*Lakewood City Council: Ron Cronk has filed in the first district, and Doug Richardson has filed in the fifth district.
*Tacoma City Council: Charles Creso has filed to run against incumbent Mike Lonergan for an at-large seat, and incumbent Connie Ladenburg has filed for reelection to the fifth district.

Snohomish County
*County Council: Fourth district incumbent Dave Gossett has filed for reelection to his Everett-based district.
*Everett Mayor: City Councilman Ron Gipson has formally filed his intent to challenge incumbent Ray Stephanson. He also has yet to put up a campaign site to my knowledge (grr).

Spokane County
*County Assessor: Appointed incumbent Ralph Baker (R) has filed to complete his term.
*Spokane City Council: Jeffrey Bierman has filed to run against appointed second district (aka my district) incumbent Mary Verner. Bierman was one of seven finalists chosen for the appointment that ultimately went to Verner in January of 2004. For the third district, Daniel Day has entered, as well as frequent candidate Barbara Lampert. To her credit, Lampert did come in second place in a three-way contest to make the general election for city council in 2003, but, in typical frequent candidate fashion, drew slightly over 20% in the general election. I'm still trying to figure out how someone can draw more votes in a three-way primary than a two-way general election. She most recently ran in the Democratic primary for county commissioner last year.

Clark County
*Vancouver Mayor: Charles Stemper has filed to run against incumbent Royce Pollard.



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