Candidates make it official

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Voters in south Pierce County will pick members of Congress, the Legislature and the county council, plus a county executive in this fall's election. In the official candidate filing period last week, incumbents and challengers for most of those offices put their names in the hat. U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert has no Republican challengers for re-election, but six opponents will vie in the primary election in August to decide who faces him in the November general election. There will be two primary election contests in the Second Legislative District. Democrat Marilyn Rasmussen, a former state senator, is trying to win back the seat she lost in 2008 to Republican Randi Becker, who is seeking re-election this year. In the primary, Rasmussen will face Tamborine Borrelli. For state representative Position 2, Derek Maynes or Nathaniel Downes will emerge from the primary as the Democratic opponent for J.T. Wilcox, the Republican incumbent. The Position 1 race for state representative drew two candidates GÇô Republican Andrew Barkis, who is the appointed incumbent, and Democrat Amy Pivetta Hoffman, a Bethel School Board member. Three Republicans are in the primary field for county executive. Either County Councilman Dan Roach, state Sen. Bruce Dammeier of Puyallup and Larry Faulk, who ran in the first-ever race for executive in 1980, will advance to the general election to face County Councilman Rick Talbert, the lone Democrat running. For county council in District 2, incumbent Jim McCune, a Republican, has one opponent GÇô Democrat Dennis Townsend. The district includes Spanaway (where Townsend lives), Graham (McCune lives there), Eatonville, Kapowsin, Ashford and Roy. Offices that have only one candidate per party won't need a primary contest and will be decided in the general election. The general election is expected to draw a large voter turnout due to the races for president, governor, U.S. senator and other high-profile offices.


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