Another three-way race for Franklin County commissioner emerged on Thursday as incumbent Brad Peck and challenger Rosie Rumsey filed in the District 1 race.
Rumsey, who works as Franklin County's human resources director, is the second county employee to file for the seat held by Peck since he took the oath of office in 2009.
Mark Faith, a county building inspector, filed as a candidate in the race Monday.
All three candidates are Republicans.
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Incumbent Commissioner Bob Koch also is in a three-way race for re-election to the District 2 position. Pasco City Councilman Al Yenney and Connell City Councilman Lee Barrow, who is a Franklin County Sheriff's detective, each hope to unseat Koch. All three District 2 candidates are Republicans.
Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, picked up a Democratic opponent inWaitsburg City Councilman Scott Nettles, who filed in the 16thLegislative District race on Thursday.
In the 8th District, Kennewick City Councilman Bob Parks followed through on his March announcement to run against incumbent Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, for the district's Position 2 in the state House of Representatives. Parks also is a Republican.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org