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Political candidates file for public office

Yesterday was the first day of the filing period for those seeking political office. Political candidates who wish to serve can file for office through this coming Friday, May 18.

In Yakima County, filing for commissioner, position 2 was incumbent Kevin Bouchey (R-Toppenish).

Five Yakima County Superior Court judges are also seeking re-election. Those filing yesterday include Michael McCarthy, department 2; Doug Federspiel, department 3; Blaine Gibson, department 4; David Elofson, department 5; and Ruth Reukauf, department 6.

There are several statewide seats that will be on the election ballot in November, as well.

Shelton Democrat Brad Owen, the incumbent, and Republican Glenn Anderson of Issaquah have thrown their hats in the ring, hoping to be elected to the lieutenant governor's office.

Filing for secretary of state yesterday were Human Rights Party member Sam Wright of Olympia, Democrat Jim Kastama of Tacoma, Democrat Kathleen Drew of Olympia, Constitution Party member Karen Murray of Quincy and Democrat Greg Nickels of Seattle.

James Watkins, who prefers the Republican Party, is from Kirkland and has filed for candidacy to the state auditor's position.

For the attorney general's seat, Republican Reagan Dunn of Bellevue has filed for public office, and Seattle's Peter Goldmark, a Democrat, has filed for re-election to the commissioner of public lands position.

Incumbent Randy Dorn of Lacey has hopes of being re-elected as the superintendent of public instruction, and incumbent Mike Kreidler, a Democrat from Olympia, is vying for the insurance commissioner's seat.

Incumbent justices Susan Owens and Steve Gonzalez are hoping the voters will re-elect them to the Washington Supreme Court, positions two and eight, respectively.

New candidates filing for a position on the court, position nine, are Sheryl Gordon McCloud and Bruce Hilyer, who are both from Seattle.

There was one congressional candidate filing yesterday for the opportunity to continue representing his 4th Congressional District constituents in Washington D.C. That individual is U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings, R-Pasco. There was no challenger as of yesterday afternoon.

Vying for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell's seat, representing the state of Washington, are Cantwell, Republican Michael Baumgartner of Kirkland and Republican Chuck Jackson of Snohomish.

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