These legislatures run unopposed in their districts


Filing for the primary ended in Washington on Friday after candidates had a week to submit their bid for elected office.

While some of the state‘s 49 legislative districts have field candidates vying for an elected position, other districts have little to no opposition.

Each district elects a state senator and two representatives who run for two different positions. The term of office of MPs is two years, so these positions are filled in every even-numbered election. Senators serve four-year terms, leaving half of the legislative districts with no Senate seats up for election this year.

Here are the current legislative districts with all or mostly uncontested races:

Legislative District 6: Sen. Jeff Holy and Rep. Mike Volz, both Spokane Republicans, have no opposition, but incumbent Republican Rep. Jenny Graham will face Democratic challenger Michaela Kelso.

Legislative District 7: Sen. Shelley Short, R-Addy, and Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, run unopposed. Incumbent House Representative Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic, meets Republican challenger Lonny Ray Williams.

Legislative District 9: Incumbent Republicans, Rep. Mary Dye of Pomeroy and Rep. Joe Schmick of Colfax, are the only candidates running for the two House posts in their district.

Legislative District 13: Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, and Rep. Alex Ybarra, R-Quincy, face no opposition, but incumbent House Republican Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, has an opponent, Republican Ron Fode.

Legislative District 15: On Monday, R-Sunnyside Sen. Jim Honeyford, 28, withdrew his bid for re-election and announced he would step down when his term ends in January. He endorsed Republican Nikki Torres, who will run unopposed for his position. Incumbent House Representative Bruce Chandler, R-Zillah, faces no opposition for his seat. While incumbent Rep. Jeremie Dufault, R-Selah, no longer resides in the 15th District due to the recent redistribution, Republican Bryan Sandlin has run for the position unopposed.

Legislative District 20: Incumbent Republican Reps Peter Abbarno of Centralia and Ed Orcutt of Kalama have no opposition to their reelection bids.

Legislative District 33: Official Sen. Karen Keizer, Rep. Tina Orwall and Rep. Mia Gregerson, all Democrats from Des Moines, are running unopposed.

Legislative District 37: Senator Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle faces no opponents, but Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, D-Seattle, is being challenged for her seat by a Republican and a Democrat. The other position in the district must be filled by a newcomer since Rep. Kirsten Harris-Talley announced her departure earlier this year. Four people — three Democrats and one Republican — ran for that seat.

Legislative District 43: Incumbent Sen. Jamie Pedersen, Rep. Frank Chopp and Rep. Nicole Macri, all Seattle Democrats, have no opposition.

Legislative District 48: Democratic Rep. Amy Walen of Kirkland and Vandana Slatter of Bellevue are both running unopposed, but incumbent Senator Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, has Republican opposition from Michelle Darnell.

Candidates had until Monday to withdraw their names from the primary.

The primaries will take place on August 2nd.

Shauna Sowersby freelanced for several local and national publications before joining McClatchy’s Northwest newspapers, which covered the Legislature.


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