Democrat Jay Inslee made his run for governor official Tuesday, filing paperwork and leading a small rally for his jobs-and education-themed campaign.
He also called for a change in culture in Olympia to make government a help to businesses, but also made clear he wants to defend the rights of workers.
“When I am governor of the state of Washington, all workers in every part of the state of Washington are going to get the full respect of the state of Washington,’’ Inslee told about 45 supporters on the Capitol steps.
Republican Rob McKenna is filing later this week. McKenna has led in many polls, but the two candidates were close in one recent survey done for KING-5 television. Inslee has a narrow edge in fundraising of $5.4 million to $4.7 million, despite a five-month freeze that kept McKenna from accepting contributions.
In other statewide races, former Supreme Court justice Richard B. Sanders of Vashon and former Pierce County executive John Ladenburg both filed for Position 9 on the court, bringing that field to four competitors. Also running are Sheryl Gordon McCloud of Bainbridge Island and Bruce Hilyer of Seattle.
James Bauckman of Bellingham filed to run for state schools chief against incumbent Randy Dorn of Eatonville. And Art Coday, a Shoreline Republican, filed for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Maria Cantwell and Republican challengers Chuck Jackson of Snohomish and state Sen. Michael Baumgartner of Spokane.
In Olympia, Thurston County Commissioner Cathy Wolfe filed to run for another term in commissioner District 1; former Olympia council member Karen Rogers had filed Monday. In District 2, Republican Andrew Barkis of Olympia filed to run against Democratic incumbent Sandra Romero.
Also, an open seat on the Court of Appeals, Division 2, has now drawn a fourth candidate – Thomas E. (Tom) Weaver, South Colby lawyer in private practice. Previous filers were Pamela (Pam) Loginsky of Port Orchard, Thomas L. Bjorgen of Olympia and Michael Lynch of Olympia.
And in the open Superior Court Position 2 race, Tumwater lawyer Marie Clarke, who works for the Attorney General’s Office, filed a day after Christine Schaller filed.
Filing week runs through 5 p.m. Friday. Other candidates who filed between 5 p.m. Monday and 5 p.m. Tuesday were:
Lieutenant governor – Bill Finkbeiner of Kirkland, Republican
Attorney general – Bob Ferguson of Seattle, Democrat.
State treasurer – Jim McIntire of Seattle, Democrat (incumbent).
State auditor – Troy Kelley of Tacoma, Democrat.
Legislative District 2 – Senate: Randi Becker of Eatonville, Republican (incumbent).
Legislative District 22 – House Position 2: Sam Hunt of Olympia, Democrat (incumbent).
Legislative District 35 – House Position 1: Dan Griffey of Allyn, Republican.
Supreme Court (nonpartisan) – Position 9: John Ladenburg of Tacoma and Richard Sanders of Seattle.
Thurston Public Utility District, District 1 (nonpartisan) – Steve Fossum of Olympia.
Mason County commissioner – District 1: Denny Hamilton of Belfair, Democrat; District 3: Curtis Bennett of Shelton, no party preference.