Campaign season is officially underway and more than 330 candidates will be running for precinct, county, state and federal offices in Thurston County.
With the conclusion of filing week Friday, 337 candidates will be campaigning for 245 offices, according to final numbers posted Friday by the secretary of state’s office.
Filing week for August’s primary election was held from Monday, May 11, through the end of day Friday, May 15.
Two seats on the Thurston Board of County Commissioners will be up for reelection this year, with at least nine candidates competing for them. Incumbent John Hutchings, an independent, will face six challengers, one being his commission member Bud Blake, who is also registered as an independent.
Incumbent Gary Edwards, an independent who represents the eastern side of the county on the board, will face just one challenger — current Lacey City Council member Michael Steadman.
In the race to fill retiring Congressman Denny Heck’s seat representing the 10th Congressional District, more than 16 candidates have filed to run. Eight are running as Democrats, six are running as Republicans, one is running as the “Essential Workers Party” and at least one is running in the “Congress Sucks Party.”
Heck’s name will still be on the ballot this summer, though. He’s one of a dozen candidates that have filed to run for state lieutenant governor.
The 2nd Legislative District’s state Senate seat is sure to stay red this fall as a total five Republicans have filed to run after the retirement announcement of Republican Sen. Randi Becker, who has represented the district for about 12 years now. A number of the candidates are familiar faces in the 2nd Legislative District. Candidates running for the seat, in filing order, are Graham fire commissioner Gina Blanchard-Reed, Eatonville School District board member Ronda Litzenberger, Yelmite and veteran Matthew Smith, Orting Mayor Josh Penner and former 2nd Legislative District Rep. Jim McCune.
J.T. Wilcox, current 2nd Legislative District representative and House minority leader, will find a challenger this year in Matt Marshall, an Eatonville School District board member and Washington Three Percenter founder.
Andrew Barkis, incumbent for position 1 representative in the 2nd, will run unopposed.