As of Tuesday, May 31, 2016
SUNNYSIDE The field has gotten bigger for the 4th Congressional District.
Three more candidates filed Friday for the post now held by Congressman Dan Newhouse.
Newhouse went from running uncontested to facing a field of four challengers in a span of little more than 24 hours.
After fellow Republican Clint Didier filed last Thursday, three more candidates filed for the 4th District seat Friday.
They include Democrats John Malan of Pasco and Doug McKinley of Richland, as well as Republican Glenn Jakeman of Yakima.
They did not respond to messages seeking comment.
All five will appear on the state’s Aug. 2 primary ballot, with Newhouse and Didier the favorites to advance to November’s General Election.
It would mark the second consecutive contest between Newhouse, a local farmer, and Didier, a wheat farmer from Eltopia.
Newhouse, 60, narrowly defeated Didier, 57, in 2014 to replace Doc Hastings, who had retired.
Less than 3,000 votes separated the two candidates for Hastings’ seat out of the 150,000 votes cast.
Newhouse won the narrow victory on his strength in Yakima County, where he garnered 28,458 votes to Didier’s 18,886.
Newhouse also narrowly won Adams and Benton Counties. Meanwhile, Didier swept results in Okanogan, Douglas, Grant and Franklin counties.
His campaign welcomes a second race with Didier.
“Mr. Didier has every right to run for office again,” Newhouse Campaign Manager Sean O’Brien said. “It won’t deter Congressman Newhouse from continuing to serve Central Washington families.”