Few surprises in candidate filings, but also some seats up for election

Few incumbents for the area’s state House and Senate races will fly through unchallenged this year as election filing week closed Friday. There are contested races in all parts of the county.

There’s a three-way battle for PUD Commissioner Rebecca Wolfe’s seat left open, and a battle for Snohomish County Superior Court judge.

In the 38th of Everett there’s an intra-party battle between Democrats Julio Cortes, Bryce Nickel and Anne Fitzgerald.

In the 12th, there’s been a broader shakeup.

Monroe School Board member Jennifer Bumpus has filed for a state Representative’s seat in the wide-ranging 12th Legislative District.

The Republican will face Democrat Heather Koellen, a North Bend City Council member, and Republican Brian Burnett, a former Chelan County sheriff, in a primary. The seat’s incumbent, state Rep. Keith Goehner of Chelan County, is going for the state senator seat being vacated by Sen. Brad Hawkins. He’ll face Democrat Jim Mayhew of King County.

In the 39th, which includes Sultan, Machias and Three Lakes, state Rep. Sam Low will face the man he beat in 2022, former state Rep. Robert Sutherland, in a rematch of Republicans. Zephaniah Borynack filed as a Democrat.

Also in the 39th, longtime state Rep. Carolyn Eslick, a Republican, faces a challenge by fellow Republican Jackie Huey.

In the 44th, that covers Snohomish, state Rep. Democrat April Berg faces Republican Sam Sim.

All 17 judge positions are up for re-election, but only position 12 is contested. Attorney Mary Anderson is challenging the newest judge on the bench, Whitney Rivera, a public defender who was appointed judge recently.

For PUD, Rebecca Wolfe  did not file for re-election for the PUD board.

Micah Rowland, Julieta Altamirano Crosby and Amber King are running.

The commission has geographic districts. This seat is along the water from Mukilteo to the county line.