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Candidate filing list now complete

The final day to file for the 2010 election season in Washington was last Friday.

The two candidates drawing the most votes in the Aug. 17 Primary Election, regardless of party affiliation, will advance to the General Election ballot on Nov. 2.

Candidates who have filed for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Patty Murray-D include Centrist Mohammad H. Said, Democrats Goodspaceguy, Mike the Mover, Bob Burr and Charles Allen; Republicans Norma D. Gruber, Paul Akers, Mike Latimer, Clint Didier, William Chovil and Dino Rossi; Will Baker of the Reform Party; and two candidates with no party preference, James "Skip" Mercer and Schalk Leonard.

U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings-R also has a few individuals seeking to take his seat in Washington D.C., including Independent Lelan Yialelis, Republican Shane Fast, Rex Brocki of the Tea Party, Mary Ruth Edwards of the Constitutional Party and Democrat Jay Clough.

15th Legislative District incumbent Senator Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside-R does not have any challengers this election season. State Representative Bruce Chandler (R-Zillah) only has one challenger, Paul Spencer (D-Stevenson); and State Representative David Taylor-R of Moxee is being challenged by Thomas "Tom" Silva-D of Wapato.

Statewide, voters will be selecting three Washington Supreme Court justices. For position one, Stan Rumbaugh and Jim Johnson are to be on the ballot; position five is being sought by Barbara Madsen; and position six candidates are Bryan Chushcoff, Charlie Wiggins and Richard Sanders.

In Yakima County, Assessor Dave Cook, Coroner Jack Hawkins, Sheriff Ken Irwin and Treasurer Ilene Thomson are running unopposed.

Mark Peterson-R is seeking to unseat Auditor Corky Mattingly, County Clerk Kim Eaton is opposed by Janelle Riddle and E. David Lees is seeking the Prosecutor's office currently held by Jim Hagarty, who is the incumbent candidate.

Three candidates have filed for Yakima County Commissioner District three. Incumbent Rand Elliott (R-Moxee) is opposed by Kenneth Stevens of the Tea Party and Geffrey Hoekman of the Republican Party. Stevens lives in Yakima and Hoekman is from Zillah.

Judge Kevin Roy is the only Yakima County District Court judge running unopposed.

Yakima County District Court Judge Donald Engel of Sunnyside is being challenged by Steve Keller of Zillah for position three.

Glen Warren and Brian Sanderson are both candidates for the Yakima County District Court position two, currently held by the honorable Rod Fitch, who is not seeking re-election.

Three candidates will be on the Primary ballots for Yakima County District Court position four. They include Doug Federspiel of Yakima, Bronson Faul of Yakima and Michael Everett of Grandview.

Lower Yakima Valley residents will also be selecting precinct committee officers. They include Robert Dunham for Grandview 301, Thomas Peterson for Sunnyside 1706 and Margaret L. Castaneda for Granger 3303. All of these individuals are running for Democrat precincts.

For the Republican precincts, Joyce M. Johnson will be on the ballot for Grandview 302, Diego Trejo and Ronald Sexton (Grandview 306), Don Vlieger (Sunnyside 1701), Mike Farmer (Sunnyside 1705), Jason Raines (Sunnyside 1706), Mike Wallace (Grandview 3101) and Laurie Beltman (Granger 4801).

Each of the candidates who have filed will be on the Primary Election ballot.

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