Possible Republican challenger to Moscoso fell short of signatures

  • By Evan Smith, Herald writer
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 8:16pm

Democratic 1st District State Rep. Luis Moscoso will be alone on the August primary ballot because a potential Republican opponent was unsuccessful in gathering signatures to get onto the ballot.

A May 19 list of candidates in the Daily Herald included Republican Mark T. Davies as a challenger to Moscoso, but his name was missing from subsequent state and county lists.

The King County candidate list for the district, which crosses the county line, said that Davies had an “insufficient petition.”

Apparently, Davies tried to file by submitting 421 signatures in lieu of the $421 filing fee, but the count of signatures fell short.

While Moscoso will be alone on the primary ballot, Davies or anyone else could qualify for the general election by registering as a write-in candidate by July 20 and getting second place in the primary with at least 1 percent of the vote.

Registered write-in candidates get their votes counted even with misspellings. They must pay the same fee or get the number of signatures required of candidates who file for ballot positions.

The district includes Brier, most of Mountlake Terrace, Bothell, unincorporated areas of Snohomish County north and east of Bothell, part of Kirkland and unincorporated areas of King County between Bothell and Kirkland.

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