Political newbies and veterans begin filing for offices

Among them: A Sultan city councilman aiming for Congress and a 19-year-old with his eye on Olympia.

Jeffrey Beeler

Jeffrey Beeler

EVERETT — A Sultan city councilman wants to go to Congress and a 19-year-old Bothell man is looking to start his political career in the Legislature.

And a seat on the Everett City Council is attracting interest.

Those were among the developments Monday, the first day candidates could sign up to run for a slew of local, state, federal and judicial offices on ballots in Snohomish County this year.

Republican Jeffrey Beeler, a Sultan City Councilmember since 2009, didn’t wait long to get in the race for the 1st Congressional District seat held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, of Medina.

He got his paperwork in just after 9:30 a.m. DelBene filed for re-election early in the afternoon. Robert Mair, of Redmond, who is not stating a party preference, also filed.

In another congressional contest, Democrat Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, of Seattle, will seek a second term and Republican Craig Keller filed against her. Keller ran for the seat in 2014 and 2016 as well.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Derek Stanford, D-Bothell, got in his papers for re-election. And a short time later Josh Colver, a 19-year-old Bothell Republican, signed up to challenge him.

In Everett, Liz Vogeli and Tyler Rourke were the first candidates into the race for the seat held by Councilwoman Ethel McNeal.

McNeal was appointed in January to the position formerly held by Mayor Cassie Franklin. The term runs through the November election and she has said she would run to keep the job.

In other contests, state Rep. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, filed for re-election and Republican Jeff Sax signed up to challenge him in the 44th Legislative District. In the Senate race in the district, Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, and Republican Doug Roulstone, filed.

In the rural 39th District, Democrat Eric Halvorson, of Monroe, and Rep. Carolyn Eslick, R-Sultan, filed for the Position 2 seat. Eslick was appointed to the legislative seat last year.

Republican Randy Hayden, of Darrington, and Democrat Ivan Lewis filed Monday for the race to succeed the retiring House Minority Leader Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish. Several others are expected to join them before the week is out.

And in the race for the state Senate seat in the same district, former state lawmaker Elizabeth Scott, of Monroe, got her paperwork in Monday. Sen. Keith Waggoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, has said he will be seeking to keep the seat.

And in south Snohomish County, Democrat Jesse Salomon,deputy mayor of Shoreline, is going for the state senate seat in the 32nd District. Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Lynnwood, has said she will seek re-election.

Libertarian Mike Luke, of Lynnwood, and nine others filed Monday for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Sen. Maria Cantwell. Luke previously ran in 2017 against U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

Cantwell is pursuing a fourth term but did not file Monday.

Incumbents who did file Monday include U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, of Everett, and state Reps. Strom Peterson, D-Edmonds, Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline, Shelley Kloba, D-Kirkland and Dave Hayes, R-Stanwood.

A total of 38 offices will appear on ballots in Snohomish County this year.

Candidates can file online through 4 p.m. Friday and until 5 pif they do it in person at the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office.

Those seeking a federal office or a legislative seat in a district that lies in two or more counties must file with the Secretary of State’s office.

The primary is Aug. 7 and the general election is Nov. 6.

Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623; jcornfield@herald net.com. Twitter: @dospueblos.

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