By Evan Smith
Democrats in the 21st Legislative District have given a dual endorsement for the position in the State House of Representatives left open by the retirement of Democratic State Rep. Mary Helen Roberts.
District Democrats at a Wednesday meeting gave a dual endorsement to Edmonds City Councilman Strom Peterson and Justin McMahon, who is making his first run for office after working on campaigns of various Democratic candidates in recent years.
District precinct committee officers and dues-paying members endorsed McMahon and Peterson over perennial candidate Dick McManus and retired Naval aviator Scott Whelpley.
The four Democrats will appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot along with Republican Allen McPheeters. The top two vote getters in the primary, regardless of party, advance to the Nov. 4 general-election ballot.
The 21st Legislative District Democrats earlier had endorsed incumbent State Sen. Marko Liias and incumbent State Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self. Neither has a Democratic opponent. Both have Republican opponents. Ortiz-Self also has opposition from an independent and from a Green Party candidate.
The 21st District includes most of Edmonds, unincorporated areas north of Edmonds and Lynnwood and northeast of Lynnwood, all of Mukilteo and part of south Everett.