See who filed to run in the August primary

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Filling week for the August 8 primary election was May 11 to May 15. The top two candidates in each primary race advance to the November 3 general election, regardless of party affiliation. 

Ballots for the vote-by-mail primary election go out July 15. 

U.S. Congress District 1 representative

Six candidates filed to challenging incumbent Suzan DelBene, a Democrat from Kirkland:

- Steven Skelton of Snohomish, a Libertarian

- Robert Dean Mair of Redmond, no party preference

- Matthew Heines of Redmond, no party preference

- Justin Smoak of Bellingham, no party preference

- Derek Chartrand of Redmond, Republican

- Jeffrey Beeler Sr. of Sultan, a
Republican

42nd Legislative District

Republican Jennifer Sefzik of Custer filed for position 2 to challenge incumbent Sharon Shewmake, a Democrat from Bellingham. Sefzik is a small business owner and high school debate coach. 

Blaine City Council member Alicia Rule filed to run for position 1 as a Democrat, against incumbent Luanne Van Werven, a Republican from Lynden. Dustin Gleaves, a Democrat from Bellingham, announced in early April that he would run for the position, but did not file. Gleaves said in an email that he decided to drop out after Rule announced her
candidacy. 

Whatcom Superior Court

For position 1, Superior Court Judge Robert E. Olson is running unopposed. 

Superior Court Judge Lee Grochmal is also running unopposed for position 3. 

Three people are running for position 2: James Erb, an assistant city attorney for Bellingham; Lisa Keeler, a Bellingham lawyer; and Evan Jones, a deputy prosecuting attorney in the Whatcom County Prosecutor’s Office. Presiding Judge Deborra Garret isn’t running for re-election.

For position 4, Superior Court Judge David Freeman is facing challenges from Bellingham lawyer Carl Munson and Jim Nelson of Bellingham.

PUD District 1 commissioner

Christine Grant filed to run against incumbent Jeffrey McClure, a principal of RMC Architects. Grant is a consultant and energy policy instructor at Western Washington University. 

In addition, both parties also select precinct committee officers, who help organize for the parties. Dozens filed for those positions. 

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