Unless you’re focusing on Senate or congressional races, things look to be pretty sleepy in the Spokane Valley area come primary election time in August.
Democratic incumbent Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell has no less than 29 challengers – 14 of them listing themselves as preferring the Republican Party.
Closer to home, Republican 5th Congressional District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has a mere four challengers – the most prominent of whom is Democrat Lisa Brown.
But, other than those races, only two (or less) candidates filed for local offices for each position. The top two vote-getters in each race, regardless of party affiliation, move on to the November general election.
The breakdown looks like this:
- 4th Legislative District (Spokane Valley) – Ted Cummings, Democrat, will face Republican incumbent Matt Shea for House Position 1. In Position 2, incumbent Republican Bob McCaslin is challenged Democrat Mary Kay.
- Spokane County Commissioner District 2 (Spokane Valley) – Republican Rob Chase will take on incumbent Republican Mary Kuney.
- Spokane County Commissioner District 3 – Republican incumbent Al French will face Robbie Katherine Anthony, a Democrat.
- County Assessor – Two Republicans, Leonard Christian and Tom Konis, will square off for the open seat.
- County Auditor – Incumbent Vicky Dalton, Democrat, is unchallenged.
- County Clerk – Inucmbent Republican Tim Fitzgerald is challenged by Democrat Michael Kirk.
- Prosecuting Attorney – Incumbent Larry Haskell is unchallenged.
- Sheriff – Independent candidate Dumpozzie Dot Com (yes, that’s not a typo) is challenging incumbent Republican Ozzie Knezovich.
- Treasurer – Republican Michael Baumgartner squares off againt Democrat Michael Green.