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Candidate filing week started Monday. Who’s running so far?

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Here are some things to consider if you're interested in filing for public office in Washington state.
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Filing week kicked off Monday, and the Thurston County ballot is filling up fast.

As of Wednesday afternoon, in the race for Olympia’s mayor, incumbent Cheryl Selby is facing challenges from council member Nathaniel Jones and Phil Cornell, who ran for U.S. Senate in 2016.

Jones announced last fall he would challenge Selby for the seat. Selby’s campaign has raised nearly $12,700 compared with Jones’ $1,800 as of last week, according to campaign finance reports from the state’s Public Disclosure Commission.

Running for Jones’ seat on Olympia City Council are Dani Madrone and Matt Goldenberg. Jessica Bateman is the only candidate running for the seat she currently holds.

In Lacey, Lynda Zeman, who was appointed to the City Council last week to fill a vacancy, has filed to run for that seat. Ed Kunkel will challenge her.

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Incumbent Lenny Greenstein is so far running unopposed for his seat on the council, while Troy Kirby and Malcolm Miller have filed to run for the third seat on the ballot, now held by Jason Hearn.

For Tumwater City Council, two incumbents, Leatta Dahlhoff and Tom Oliva, are so far running unopposed. Charles Schneider, who sits on the city’s parks and recreation commission, has filed to run against incumbent Neil McClanahan, while incumbent Joan Cathey will face Michael Pavlich, a retired firefighter with the Tumwater Fire Department.

In the race for Port of Olympia commissioner, Helen Wheatley will challenge incumbent Joe Downing.

As of Wednesday, some races had attracted no candidates, including races for seats on the Olympia, Rochester and Tenino school boards, Rainier City Council, Bucoda Town Council and various fire district commissions.

The deadline to file is 4 p.m. Friday. The order of candidates on the ballot will be determined by random drawing after the deadline.

The primary is Aug. 6 and the general election is Nov. 5.

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