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Elections 2018: Who’s running for what


Filing for local, state, federal and judicial offices closed on May 18, which means the races for public office are now set.

All three incumbents in the 21st Legislative District – Democrats Strom Peterson, Marko Liias and Lillian Ortiz-Self – will have competition in this year’s general election. But only one, Liias, will be in the Aug. 7 primary, as he faces three competitors. The top two candidates will advance.

Peterson and Ortiz-Self each have one challenger, resulting in both races automatically moving on the general election Nov. 6.

Here’s a look at a few of the races that will impact Edmonds voters:

21st Legislative District

Liias is running for his second term as state senator; he was appointed to the Senate in 2014 to replace Paul Shinn when he resigned, and was re-elected in 2015. He faces challenges from Republican Mario Lionel Lotmore, Independent Scott West and Democrat Mohammed Riaz Khan, who last year ran unsuccessfully for a Mukilteo City Council seat.

Peterson, a former Edmonds City Council member and owner of The Cheesemonger’s Table in Edmonds, will face challenger Amy Schaper for state representative, Position 1. Peterson is running for his third two-year term, having last defeated Alex Hels in 2016.

Ortiz-Self, appointed to her position in 2014 to fill Liias’ spot, will face Republican Petra Bigea in the state representative, Position 2, race. Ortiz won her current term in 2016, beating Bruce Guthrie, Jeff Scherrer and Khan.

32nd Legislative District

Maralyn Chase, an Edmonds Democrat, has served in the state Senate since 2011. She will be challenged by Democrat Jesse Salomon and Republican James Woods of Edmonds.

Democrat Cindy Ryu, who has held the House Position 1 seat since 2011, will face Republican Diodato Boucsieguez and Centrist Keith Smith.

The House Position 2 seat is vacant after the retirement of Ruth Kagi. Hoping to fill her seat are Republican Frank Deisler and Democrats Lauren Davis and Chris Roberts.

Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney

Edmonds resident Adam Cornell, a Democrat and 15-year deputy prosecuting attorney, is running unopposed for the four-year seat. Incumbent Mark Roe is retiring.

Congressional District 7

Incumbent Pramila Jayapal won her seat in November 2016, following the retirement of 14-term Rep. Jim McDermott. The Democrat will be challenged by Republican Craig Keller.

State Senate

Edmonds resident Maria Cantwell, the junior U.S. senator who has served four terms in Washington, D.C., will be challenged by 29 candidates for a new six-year term. The Democrat’s most well-known challenger is Republican Susan Hutchison, the former KIRO newscaster and former state Republican party chairwoman.


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