The Official Beginning of the Fall Election Cycle

  • Written by David B. Clark

With 5:00 p.m. on May 18 standing as the last day’s buzzer for potential candidates to file, the 2018 election season for the state of Washington was determined. This year’s races for Washington are largely state, federal, and judicial. Most races consist of three candidates: one running for state senator and two running for state representatives.

Under the State race is Legislative District 1. A large, sweeping district that consists of all Woodinville, Bothell, and Brier while reaching down to parts of Kirkland and up through Mountlake Terrace, continuing deep into Northeast Washington. The 2018 race consists of three individuals running for Representative Position 1, and three individuals running for Representative position 2.

Representative Position 1 candidates are Colin McMahon, Josh Colver, and Derek Stanford.

McMahon lives in Everett and states no party preference.

Colver, a 2017 Shoreline Christian High School graduate is the Co-Founder/Editor and Chief of Free Mind Media, a website which features his podcasts and articles largely about libertarianism. He lives in Bothell and is a Constitutional Libertarian but is running for the Republican party.

Stanford currently serves as a Representative of the 1st Legislative district. Stanford earned a PhD in Statistics at the University of Washington, serves on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, and has held the Director of Analytics position at companies specializing in fraud detection. He lives in Bothell and prefers the Democratic party.

Representative Position 2 candidates are Debra Blodgett, Matt Seymour, and Shelly Kloba.  

Blodgett is a political activist and an advocate to eradicate human trafficking. She lives in Snohomish and prefers the Republican party.

Seymour is looking to kickstart his public servant career and is passionate about fighting homelessness. He lives in Bothell and prefers the Libertarian party.

Kloba is a current Representative of the 1st Legislative District. She began her climb to state legislature as a parent advocate for education. She has also served on the Kirkland Park Board. She lives in Kirkland and prefers the Democratic party.

“Representative democracy depends on public service. It is one of the cornerstones of our society,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman, whose office oversees elections. “Candidate Filing Week is the official beginning of the fall election cycle, when candidates formally apply to have their names placed on the ballot.”

Given the number and nature of these races, this will serve as the first part of an ongoing series which will highlight the several different races and the corresponding candidates running for the November general election.

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