There’s a lot of excitement ahead in South King County legislative races this election season.
In the 30th Legislative District, Democratic state Rep. Jamila Taylor will be challenged by three Republicans. The primaries will advance only to the top two, of which Taylor seems likely to be one. The three Republicans will fight to see who will be the other. Although candidate Janis Clark has run before, she has also run in Tacoma and has not fared well in South King County.
My guess is that Federal Way Police Commander Casey Jones is the most likely to face Taylor in the general election. His message should resonate well enough to push the other two Republicans away. Even with the different opinions between the political parties, it is a logical coincidence.
The other House seat in District 30 has two Democrats and two Republicans after the same seat being vacated by former state Rep. Jesse Johnson. Look for Kristine Reeves, because of her experience as a former legislator, to move into the general election ahead of Carey Anderson, Ashli Tagoai and Mark Green, who is a perennial candidate. Tagoai is an aggressive candidate who studied law and is no fan of police reform efforts. He called them wrong, which should ensure his advance to the general election where he will likely face Reeves.
In the Senate race for the 30th District, incumbent Claire Wilson, a former school board member, has assumed she would face Federal Way City Councilwoman Linda Kochmar. But Mark Christie has run, forcing a battle with Kochmar in the primary. Wilson will be able to save contributions for the general election while Kochmar and Christie battle for second place.
In the 47th District, Democrat Debra Entenman holds a House seat against two Republicans. Entenman has raised more than $21,000 against Jessie Ramsey and Kyle Lyebyedyev. The other state representative seat was held by Pat Sullivan, a Democrat who has decided to retire after 18 years in the Legislature. The 47th District is made up of parts of Kent, Covington and Auburn. Democrats include Chris Stearns (an Auburn city councilman) and Shukri Olow, along with Republicans Carmen Goers, Barry Knowles and Ted Cooke to round out the candidates.
The Senate candidates for District 47 are an interesting bunch. Claudia Kauffman held that Senate seat until Joe Fain defeated her. Incumbent Mona Das has dropped out of the race, opening the door for fellow Kent councilors Bill Boyce, who has raised more than $83,479 and is a Republican, and Satwinder Kaur, who has raised $45,700 and is a Democrat. Two Kent councilors should have some interesting debates.
But the fun could be in the 31st District because former state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance has filed as a nonpartisan candidate for a race that also includes independent Cliff Knopik, who doesn’t believe the data from covid My guess is that Vance thinks Republican incumbent Phil Fortunato has made himself vulnerable by not playing by the rules with COVID. So all Vance has to do is finish first or second in the primary, and he has a chance to win the seat in November.
All three District 33 incumbents are unopposed, so Sen. Karen Kaiser and House members Tina Orwell and Mia Su-Ling Gregerson will get a free ride back to Olympia unless someone mounts a write-in campaign.
In addition to the King County District Attorney race, another race to watch is the Secretary of State race. Steve Hobbs was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee, even though he had no experience running an election. It will be a crowded field. They are trying to replace Kim Wyman Keith Waggoner, a Republican from Sedro Wooley who has expressed interest before; Mark Miloscia, who resigned as head of the Christen Conservatory Policy Institute to run for the job. Also running is the person who probably should have been appointed in the first place, Julie Anderson, who is the Pierce County Auditor, which means she is actually trained to do the job. She believes so strongly that the position should be non-partisan that she presented as such.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.