21st District State Reps. Ortiz-Self and Peterson both get opponents

Democratic 21st District State Reps. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Strom Peterson both have opponents for the 2016 election.

Libertarian Alex Hels has registered with the state Public Disclosure Commission as a candidate against Peterson. No Republican has registered.

Registering with the Public Disclosure Commission allows a candidate to raise and spend money for the August primary and November general election. Candidates file for ballot position May16-20.

Republican Jeff Scherrer has registered as a candidate against Ortiz-Self. Scherrer lost to Ortiz-Self in the 2014 general election. Ortiz-Self won the position by appointment in January of 2014, when she replaced Democratic then-Rep. Marko Liias, who had won appointment to the State Senate.

Hels, a political newcomer, is a barista and an assistant football coach at Lynnwood High School.

The top two vote getters for each position in the primary, regardless of party, qualify for the general-election ballot.

Liias, the district’s state senator, is in the middle of a four-year term.

The 21st District includes most of Edmonds, unincorporated areas north of Edmonds and Lynnwood and northeast of Lynnwood, the city of Mukilteo and part of south Everett.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com.

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