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.

10 September 2006

Last two local profiles

Due to an extra-long nap yesterday I missed posting on the Thurston County Treasurer Democratic primary, so today I'll do profiles on both it and the regularly-scheduled Spokane County Sheriff Republican primary.

First, we have a matchup of two Democratic ladies who, by looking at the names alone, could be mistaken for Democratic men. Incumbent Thurston County Treasurer Robin Hunt is running for another term, but first she must defeat Shawn Myers, who has had success fundraising for this relatively minor local office. To this point, Hunt has raised about $17,000 with $2,500 on hand, and Myers has raised about $14,000 with $2,600 on hand (sans a $1,500 outstanding debt).

My guess is that Hunt will still win by a good margin due to her incumbency, party support, and lack of scandal (to my knowledge). However, Myers' money should at least keep her in the running.

Prediction: Hunt Solid

Secondly, and perhaps I'm biased with my Spokane roots, but of the local races this year I think this sheriff's race may be the most entertaining. The seat was vacated by Mark Sterk earlier this year, and his protégé, Spokane Valley police chief Cal Walker, immediately declared his intent to run -- and in-turn sought the appointment after Sterk left. Meanwhile, fellow GOPer Ozzie Knezovich entered the race with zero fanfare, until the three county commissioners chose him for the appointment over Walker. The two have since been in a fight for the GOP nomination, and likely the office.

Knezovich has mounted a strong grassroots campaign while Walker is supported by most regional GOP politicians. Walker also has raised more cash ($100,000 to $70,000), though both are monumental monetary figures for a local office. The cash is key, and the main reason I'm giving Walker the edge here.

Prediction: Walker Lean


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