Few surprises in candidate filings


There were few surprises from candidates for 2022 elections when the filing period ended last week.

With county Assessor Bill Coons having announced his retirement; Deputy Assessor Falon Hoven filed for the office as an Independent.

Cathlamet native Holly McKeen, a deputy prosecuting attorney for Cowlitz County, is challenging incumbent Wahkiakum County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Bigelow.

Other incumbent county officials filed for re-election without any opposition.

Across the state and region, however, there will be races for all offices.

US Senator Patty Murray faces challenges from 17 other candidates. Nine candidates are challenging Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler.

District 19 State Representatives Jim Walsh and Joel McEntire, both Republicans, face challenges, and eight people have filed for secretary of state.

Here's a summary of the filings:

Wahkiakum County Offices

Assessor: Falon Hoven I.

Auditor: Nicci Bergseng, I, incumbent.

County Clerk: Kay M. Holland, D, incumbent.

Sheriff: Mark C. Howie, I, incumbent.

Treasurer: Tammy Peterson, I, incumbent.

Prosecuting Attorney: Holly McKeen, I; Dan Bigelow, D, incumbent.

County Commissioner, Dist. 3: Eugene C. "Gene Strong, I, incumbent.

District Court Judge: Heidi Heywood, NP, incumbent.

Wahkiakum PUD Commissioner Dist. 3: Dennis Reid, NP.

Congressional District 3

Jaime Herrera Beutler, R inclumbent; Chris Byrd, I; Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D; Oliver Black, AM Solidarity; Heidi St. John, R; Davy Ray, D; Leslie L. French, R; and Joe Kent, R.

Brent Hennrich of Vancouver had filed early in the week but withdrew before the close of the filing period, announcing he would support candidate Perez.

Legislative Dist. 19, Position 1: Kelli Hughes-Ham, D; Jim Walsh, R, incumbent.

Legislative Dist. 19, Position 2: Cara Cusack, D; Jon-Erik Hegstad, Progressive Democrat; Joel McEntire, R, incumbent.

Statewide offices

US Senate: Patty Murray, D, incumbent, and 17 challengers.

Washington Secretary of State: Bob Hagglund, R; Kurtis Engle, Union; Marquez Tiggs, D; Tamborine Borrelli, America First (R); Steve Hobbs, D, incumbent; Keith L Wagoner, R; Mark Miloscia, R; and Julie Anderson, NP.


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