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Some Races Fill Up as Filing Week Comes to a Close

May 21, 2018

Filing week ended Friday and several local races saw multiple candidates throw their hat in the ring.

The most crowded race locally is the race to replace retiring Sheriff Frank Rogers. Six candidates will vie for the top two spots in the August primary.  All six candidates listed Republican as their party preference.  They are, Michael Blake, Kevin Newport, Steve Brown, Jeff Koplin, Tony Hawley and Court Creighton.

Two candidates will face off in the race for Okanogan County Prosecutor, Brandon Platter who prefers the Democratic Party and Arian Noma so prefers the Republican Party.

Two candidates are also vying  to replace retiring Okanogan County Auditor Laurie Thomas.  They are Cari Hall and Randy Gates both listing Republican party.

In the race for Okanogan County Commissioner for District 3, current Commissioner Jim Detro will face two challengers in the August primary.  Detro, a Republican will face Salley Bull and Robert Fuchs both Independents.

Larry Gilman of Omak will be our next county Assessor, as he was the only candidate to file for the seat being vacated by the retirement of Scott Furman.  And the offices of County Clerk, Treasurer, Coroner, PUD Commissioner and both District Judge positions will remain the same as the incumbents were the only candidates to file for those offices.

In legislative races, Seventh District Representative Joel Kretz drew the most challengers, facing three other candidates in the August primary.  Two Democrats have filed, Mike Bell of Nine Mile Falls and Crystal Oliver of Spokane, as well as Christine Ives of Omak who stated no party preference.

Seventh District Representative Jacquelin Maycumber drew one challenger, Randall (Randy) Michaelis of Mead, running as a Democrat.

And Republican Seventh District Senator Shelly Short will face Democrat Karen Hardy of Valley Washington in the primary and general elections.

In the 12th District, the race to succeed retire Representative Cary Condotta drew four candidates. Keith Goehner and JD Greening both filed as Republicans, C. Keiki Stacy Weigle of Okanogan is running as a Democrat and Ann Diamond of Winthrop stated no party preference.

Current 12th District Representative Mike Steele, a Republican, drew two challengers, Valerie Sarratt of Twisp as a Democrat and Alan Fahnestock of Winthrop who listed no party preference.

Fourth District Republican Congressman Dan Newhouse drew just one challenger, Democrat Christine Brown of Kennewick.

The most crowded race on this years primary ballot will be for U.S. Senate.  Incumbent Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat will face 30 challengers in August. 

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