J.T. Wilcox

J.T. Wilcox talks during an interview inside his office at the State Capitol last January in Olympia.

As of Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of candidates statewide had already filed and declared candidacy for county, state and federal office as filing week officially began.

The Secretary of State’s office recorded approximately 441 candidates who will run for 305 seats in the August primary.

In Thurston County, 69 candidates filed for 41 seats on Tuesday, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

As of Tuesday, five candidates had filed for office seeking one of two seats on the Thurston Board of County Commissioners. The two seats are currently filled by John Hutchings and Gary Edwards.

The list of candidates so far for commissioner district 1 includes Democrat Rory Summerson, Democrat Carolina Mejia, Independent Bud Blake, Democrat David Gaw and Hutchings. The district represents east Olympia and parts of Lacey.

Democrat Michael Steadman is the only candidate registered so far for commissioner district 2, the seat currently held by Edwards. The district represents the eastern side of the county.

In the 2nd Legislative District, five candidates filed to run for a seat soon to be vacated by retiring state Sen. Randi Becker, R-Olympia. Candidates include Republican Gina Blanchard-Reed, Republican Ronda Litzenberger, Republican Matthew Smith, Republican Josh Penner and republican Jim McCune.

One candidate has registered thus far for state representative position No. 2, a position currently held by Republican House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm. That’s Republican challenger Matt Marshall.

Nine candidates have filed so far for the U.S. 10th Congressional District race where Congressman Denny Heck has announced plans to retire and instead pursue office as lieutenant governor. They include Democrat Randolph Bell, Democrat Phil Gardner, Republican Jackson Maynard, Democrat Beth Doglio, Democrat Sam Wright, Democrat Marilyn Strickland, Republican Ryan Tate, Democrat Kristine Reeves and Democrat Eric LeMay.

Filing week for public office runs Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 15.

For more information on filing for state or federal public office, visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.wa.gov. For more information on Thurston County offices, visit www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor.

Check yelmonline.com for daily updates on filing throughout the week.

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