Challengers file for seats held by Reichert, Heck

Tacoma News TribuneMay 13, 2014 

Members of Congress received some new challengers on the second day of Washington's candidate filing Tuesday.

Jason Ritchie, an Issaquah Democrat who runs a business remodeling homes to make them accessible for people with disabilities, is challenging U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert. Auburn Republican Reichert is expected to seek a sixth term.

Also filing for Congress was Sam Wright, a retired state employee from Olympia who is running under the banner of the Human Rights Party. He is challenging Rep. Denny Heck, an Olympia Democrat who also has a Republican opponent, Pierce County Councilwoman Joyce McDonald of Puyallup.

The most contentious South Sound races may be in the state Senate, where Republicans and two Democrats hold narrow control.

Appointed GOP Sen. Steve O'Ban, a Tacoma lawyer, is trying to win a full term in Pierce County's politically divided 28th District. He faces Rep. Tami Green, a Lakewood nurse and Democrat.

Democrat-turned-Republican Mark Miloscia, a former state lawmaker, is seeking the open seat in the 30th District that includes South King and a bit of Pierce County. So is Democrat and real estate agent Shari Song.

In the more Democratic 29th District, Tacoma Republican business consultant Terry Harder will challenge Sen. Steve Conway. It's at least Harder's fourth try for the Legislature and second putting him up against Conway, a Tacoma Democrat.

State House control is less likely to be up for grabs. But Democrats are trying to take over a 26th District House seat vacated by Rep. Jan Angel's move to the Senate. Emergency room doctor and former appointed Sen. Nathan Schlicher, the Gig Harbor Democrat defeated by Angel last year, is running for her old House seat. He filed Tuesday and faces two Republicans, appointed Rep. Jesse Young of Gig Harbor and Port Orchard's Bill Scheidler.

Republicans hope to grab the seat Green leaves behind in the 28th. Lakewood Democrat John Connelly filed Tuesday, joining a field that includes University Place Democrat Christine Kilduff and Republicans Paul Wagemann of Lakewood and Monique Valenzuela Trudnowski of
University Place.

And former Federal Way Mayor Jack Dovey, running as a Republican, is challenging Rep. Roger Freeman in the 30th. Democrat and lawyer Freeman has said he would run for a second term.

Enumclaw City Councilman Mike Sando, a history and government teacher and Democrat, joined a group in the hunt for an open House seat in the 31st District that also includes a Lake Tapps "independent Dem," Jonathon Dunn, and Auburn Republican Drew Stokesbary.

In Pierce County races, County Councilman Dan Roach, R-Bonney Lake, and Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist, D-Tacoma, filed for re-election.

Jordan Schrader: 360-786-1826 jordan.schrader@ @Jordan_Schrader Staff writer Steve Maynard contributed to this report.

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