Friday, May 27, 2016
By Evan Smith
Incumbent Democratic State Rep. Ruth Kagi has three official challengers in the 32nd Legislative District, while fellow Democratic Rep. Cindy Ryu has two challengers. In the 46th District, Democratic State Rep. Gerry Pollet has one challenger and Democratic Rep. Jessyn Farrell has none.
Kagi will appear on the Aug. 2 primary ballot, along with Shoreline Democrat Wesley Irwin, Lynnwood Republican David D. Schirle and Shoreline Libertarian Alex Hart.
Ryu will face Edmonds Republican Alvin Rutledge and Lynnwood independent Keith Smith.
Pollet will meet Lake City Republican Stephanie Heart Viskovich. Farrell will be unopposed on the primary ballot.
The top two vote-getters for each position on the primary ballot qualify for the Nov. 8 general-election ballot.
Kagi is seeking a 10th two-year term against Irwin, who calls himself a “Bernie Democrat,” Republican Schirle who is a semi-retired podiatrist, and Libertarian Hart.
Ryu seeks a fourth term against political newcomer Smith and Republican Rutledge, who ran two years ago against Kagi.
Pollet is seeking a third full term after joining the State House of Representatives by appointment in 2011. Farrell also is seeking a third term after winning elections in 2012 and 2014.
Partisan positions appear on both the primary and general-election ballots even when they have only one or two candidates.
A write-in candidate can qualify for the general-election ballot by placing second in the primary with at least 1 percent of the vote. A candidate can register as a write-in candidate through July 15 by paying the same filing fee as candidates on the ballot. Registering as a write-in means that officials count a candidate's votes even with minor misspellings or with incorrect or missing party preference.
The 32nd Legislative District includes the city of Shoreline, part of northwest Seattle, the town of Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of Snohomish County, south Edmonds, the city of Lynnwood, and part of Mountlake Terrace.
The 46th Legislative District includes Lake Forest Park and Kenmore in addition to northeast Seattle.
Democratic 32nd District State Sen. Marilyn Chase and Democratic 46th District State Sen. David Frockt both are in the middle of four-year terms.
Evan Smith can be reached at email@example.com.