Northwest NEWS

August 3, 1998

Local News

Candidates file for U.S., state, county offices

   by Woodinville Weekly staff
   U.S. Senator Patty Murray attracted quite a crowd of challengers in her bid for another term.
   Twelve people from four different parties, including four Republicans, four Democrats, three Reformers and one Socialist Worker want her seat. While you've probably never heard of most, Republicans Linda Smith and Chris Bayley are running against her as well as perennial any-office-candidate Mike the Mover, one of the Reformists.
   There will be a three-way race for the 1st Congressional District between two-term incumbent Rick White (R-Bainbridge Island), former Eastern Washington U.S. rep. Jay Inslee (D-Bainbridge Island, and spoiler Bruce Craswell of the American Heritage Party. Craswell's entry is expected to steal votes from White in this sickle-shaped district that stretches from Bellevue to Woodinville west to the Kitsap Peninsula.
   In the 8th, Jennifer Dunn (R-Bellevue) is being challenged by political newcomer Heidi Behrens-Benedict (D-Bellevue).
   Closer to home Bothell City Councilwoman Jeanne Edwards, a Democrat, is running for a state house seat. First she'll go up against fellow party-member Ted Jensen in the primary. The winner will face incumbent Mike Sherstad (R-Bothell). The 1st District includes parts of Bothell, Woodinville, Kenmore, Brier, Juanita and Mountlake Terrace.
   In the 45th District, Bill Backlund (R-Redmond) is being challenged by Linda Ruderman (D-Redmond) who finally settled on a race to join. The district includes parts of Woodinville, Redmond and Kirkland and all of Duvall and Carnation.
   Next year's 105-day state legislative session will begin January 12.
   Both King and Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorneys are being challenged, as well as several state and county judgeships.
   Here's a list of who filed (uncontested races not listed):

   King County