Since the beginning of Washington’s top-two primary four years ago, most of the democrat vs. democrat or republican vs. republican general elections have come in one-party legislative districts where no one from the other party has filed for the office.
This year, the 7th Congressional District could become the State’s first really high-profile one-party general election. That’s because the most active challenger to six-term incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott is another Democrat, Andrew Hughes.
The district includes Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds and Woodway, in addition to most of Seattle and some of Seattle’s southwest suburbs. Although four democrats, three republicans and one independent will be on the primary ballot, only McDermott and Hughes have been campaigning actively. Hughes has been campaigning on a platform of reforming Congress through publicly financed campaigns, term limits, and non-partisan redistricting.Hughes has reported raising $162,847 to $170,145 for McDermott and $11,343 for a third Democrat. Donovan Rivers, None of the other candidates has reported any fundraising or spending. In the 2010 general election, McDermott defeated an independent candidate, 83 percent to 17 percent. In 2008, he defeated a republican, 84 percent to 16 percent.
Probably two Democrat vs. Democrat races in 46thLegislative District
The 46th Legislative District, which now includes Lake Forest Park and Kenmore in addition to northeast Seattle, certainly will have one Democrat vs. Democrat general election, and probably will have two.
In one 46th District contest, appointed Democratic State Rep Gerry Pollet and Democratic challenger Sylvester Cann are the only candidates on the Aug. 7 primary ballot. So, the two will advance to the Nov. 6 general election.
A democrat vs. democrat general election also is likely in the race for the position being vacated by 46th District Democratic State Rep. Phyllis Kenney. Four democrats, a republican and an independent are running, but the Democrats are doing all of the fundraising and most of the campaigning.
Democrat Shelley Croker has reported raising $48,347 and spending $18,250. Democrat Jesslyn Farrell has raised $41,105 and spent $17,701. Democrat Dusty Hoerler has raised $25,499 and spent $15,279. Democrat Sarajane Siegfriedt has raised $18,606 and spent $15,201. The four democrats will appear on the Aug. 7 primary-election ballot along with republican Scott Hodges and “democratic republican” Stan Lippmann.
In the other House race, Cann has raised $61,565 and spent $21,836 to Pollet’s $34,932 raised and $10,097 spent.
The District also has a race for the last two years of the State Senate term for which appointed Sen. David Frockt is unopposed.
Frockt won a House seat without opposition in 2010. White also was unopposed. Kenny defeated an independent by a 84 percent to 16 percent margin.
Democrats vs. Republicans in 32nd LD
While we’ll see democrat vs. democrat races in the 46thDistrict, we’re likely to see democrats vs. republicans in the 32nd District.
Democratic State Rep. Cindy Ryu will meet republican Randy Hayden in the primary, with both advancing to the general election.
Fellow Democratic Rep. Ruth Kagi will face republicans Robert Reedy and Eric Alvey in the primary, with the top two vote getters advancing to the general election.
The 32nd District includes Shoreline, northwest Seattle, Lynnwood, Woodway, south Edmonds and nearby unincorporated areas of Snohomish County.
About this column: Journalist and Shoreline resident Evan Smith has covered local issues for nearly two decades. His politics column appears on Patch every other week.