PORT ORCHARD — The 2018 election campaign in the 26th Legislative District is shaping up to be anything but a quiet affair.
The races for state senator and state representative will be competitive, based on just the first day of candidate filing on Monday, May 14.
Each of the three incumbents has challengers in the district that encompasses Port Orchard, Bremerton, Gig Harbor and South Kitsap. State Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, will have two opponents running against her. So far, Emily Randall of Port Orchard, a Democrat, and Bill Scheidler, an independent from Port Orchard, filed as of May 16.
Two challengers to incumbent state Rep. Jesse Young — Naomi Evans, a Republican from Bremerton, and Connie FitzPatrick of Gig Harbor, a Democrat — have filed as of Monday, May 14.
In the other state representative seat — Position 2 — incumbent Michelle Caldier, R-Port Orchard, also will face a Democrat, Joy Stanford of Gig Harbor, and Marco Padilla of Bremerton, with a “People Over Party” affiliation, are challenging Caldier.
In the 23rd Legislative District, incumbent state Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Poulsbo, will face off against a member of his own party, Dave Comeau of Bremerton. No other district candidates have yet filed. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, an incumbent state representative in the district, so far doesn’t have a challenger.
Longtime 35th Legislative District state Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Hoodsport, has filed for another term. He will face Irene Bowling, a Democrat from Bremerton, and Marco Brown of Belfair and John (Wes) Martin of Grapeview, both Republicans, in the primary. Dan Griffey of Allyn and Drew MacEwen of Union, both incumbents, have filed for re-election as state representatives in the 35th District.
U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Tacoma, also filed for re-election to his 6th Congressional District seat. Douglas Dightman, a Republican from Shelton, filed on May 15 to oppose the incumbent congressman.
In Kitsap County races, Ed Wolfe, R-Bremerton, who sits in the Kitsap County Commissioner Dist. 3 seat, is the only candidate who has filed for the seat as of May 16.
Paul Andrews, a Democrat from Port Orchard, filed for the auditor’s position being vacated by Delores Gilmore. Also filing was Richard Huddy, a Democrat, from Bremerton.
Alison Sonntag, a Democrat from Port Orchard, is running for county clerk.
Phil Cook, R-Silverdale, is running for re-election as county assessor. He doesn’t as yet have an opponent.
For county coroner, Pat Dawson of Port Orchard and Jeff Wallis of Bremerton (both stated no party preference), and Republican Russ Reuther of Silverdale have filed for the seat.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chad Enright, a Democrat from Silverdale, has filed for the top job as Kitsap County’s prosecuting attorney. Current county prosecutor Tina Robinson chose not to run again. For county treasurer, Meredith Green of Poulsbo will be running as a Democrat.
Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson, who filed as a Democrat, is running for re-election. No challengers have yet filed.
District Court Judge, Department 2, Jeffrey Jahns, is running for re-election. Jahns is from Port Orchard. The position is nonpartisan.
The filing period closes at 4:30 p.m., May 18.