Several Mid-Columbia political races were heating up Wednesday as new candidates stepped up to challenge incumbents.
Bob Koch now faces a three-way contest for re-election as Franklin County commissioner for District 2 as Lee Barrow,a Franklin County sheriff's detective and Connell city councilman, jumped into the race.
Barrow ran unsuccessfully against Koch in 2008.
Pasco Councilman Al Yenney earlier this week filed to run against Koch, who is seeking his third term in office. All three are running as Republicans.
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Republican Benton County Commissioner Jim Beaver picked up a GOP challenger in his re-election bid when Edgar Cousineau of Kennewick filed for the District 3 seat.
State Sen. Jerome Delvin,R-Richland, followed through with his promise to file for a District 1 spot on the Benton County Commission being vacated by Leo Bowman. Republican Rick Jansons, president of the Richland School Board, also is running.
In Congressional District 4, Mary Baechler, a Yakima Democrat, filed to run against incumbent Republican Doc Hastings of Pasco.
Baechler, a businesswoman, community organizer and horse breeder, announced in April her intention to run for the seat.
People interested in running for county, state or federal offices, as well as local party precinct committee officer positions, can file online or in-person at county auditor's offices or the Secretary of State's office through 4 p.m. Friday.
To see positions open for election or to file for candidacy, go to www.bentonelections.com or www.co.franklin.wa.us/auditor.
Candidates for local offices or state legislative districts only representing one county can file directly with the county auditor's office.
Candidates for federal and statewide offices, and state legislative districts representing multiple counties must file with the Secretary of State's office. Online filing is at www.sos.wa.gov. The primary is Aug. 7.
-- Michelle Dupler: 582-1543; email@example.com