And when nobody filed to challenge Liias in the Aug. 7 primary election, Morrison decided to do it himself as a write-in candidate.
"I don't want to be a politician, but I don't want a career politician to go against the will of the people," said Morrison, 54, who lives in Edmonds and who retired from Frontier Communications.
Liias, 31, who lives outside Everett city limits, said he'll be ready for the challenge as he seeks his third term in office.
"If he succeeds in reaching the general election, I look forward to having a good debate," Liias said.
Morrison needs to get at least 1 percent of the vote for his name to appear on the November general election ballot. If he succeeds, Morrison said he would then concentrate on raising funds to compete for the two-year position, which covers Edmonds, Mukilteo, part of south Everett and unincorporated Snohomish County.
He filed with the Snohomish County Elections office on June 25. Morrison and his friends are walking door to door and he hopes people will learn about his campaign through word of mouth.
It's not uncommon to have a candidate running a write-in campaign. There is at least one of these candidates each year, elections manager Garth Fell said.
Registered write-in candidate will have his or her votes counted even with minor misspellings or if the candidate's party preference is wrong or not indicated.
Candidates who register as write-in candidates must post the same filing fee or submit the same number of signatures as candidates who file for ballot positions.
Morrison is not the only person running a write-in campaign. Republican Mark Davis has announced another campaign against unopposed Democratic 1st District state Rep. Luis Moscoso without registering.
A registered write-in candidate qualified for the general-election ballot two years ago in the 10th Legislative District in Island, northwest Snohomish and west Skagit counties.
Evan Smith contributed to this report.
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