August 3, 1998
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):
- U.S. Senate
Patty Murray (D), Linda Smith (R), Chris Bayley (R), James Stokes (D), Harvey Vernier (D), Thor Amundson (D), Robert Medley (D), Warren Hanson (R), John Marshall (R), Mike the Mover (Ref), Steve Thompson (Ref), Charlie Jackson (Ref)
- U.S. Representative, District 1
Rick White (R), Jay Inslee (D), Bruce Craswell, (American Heritage Party)
- U.S. Representative, District 8
Jennifer Dunn (R), Heidi Behrens-Benedict (D)
- House, District 1, Position 1
Al O'Brien (D), Ian Elliot (R)
- House, District 1, Position 2
Mike Sherstad (R), Jeanne Edwards (D), Ted Jensen (D)
- Senate, District 44
Jeanine Long (R), Kerry Watkins (D)
- House, District 44, Position 1
Dave Schmidt (R), Terri Thornton (R), Eric Goodrich (D)
- House, District 44, Position 2
Bill Thompson (R), John Lovick (D)
- Senate, District 45
Bill Finkbeiner (R), Bill Grace (D)
- House, District 45, Position 2
Bill Backlund (R), Laura Ruderman (D)
- State Supreme Court (non-partisan)
Justice, Position 1
Hugh Spitzer, Faith Ireland, James Foley, Kris Sundberg, Douglas Smith, Eric Nielsen, Glen Prior
Barbara Madsen, Jim Bates, Linda McCaslin
Richard Sanders, Greg Canova
- Prosecuting Attorney
Norm Maleng (R), Fred Canavor (D)
- Snohomish County
James Krider (R), Arlen Rumsey (R)
- Evergreen District Court Judge, Position 2 (non-partisan)
Arnold Young, Charles Meyer, Terry Simon