With the filing period having closed Friday, a handful of Mid-Columbia races appear headed to the primary ballot.
Washington has a "top two" primary system in which the top two vote-getters in the primary go to a run-off in the general election, regardless of party affiliation.
There are no party nominations, and only races with three or more candidates are voted in the Aug. 7 primary.
Among local races, voters will get a chance to narrow down choices for the congressional district representing central and eastern Washington, a state representative position representing part of Benton County, and two seats on the Franklin County Commission.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, a Pasco Republican, faces three challengers in his bid for a tenth term in office. Opponents include Democrat Mary Baechler, a businesswoman, community organizer and horse breeder from Yakima; Republican Jamie Wheeler, a caregiver from Kennewick who has been active in the FairTax movement; and Democrat Mohammad H. Said, a physician from Ephrata.
State Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, drew two challengers for his seat representing the 8th Legislative District. Republican Kennewick City Councilman Bob Parks and Democrat Richard Reuther, former chairman of the Richland Arts Commission, filed to run against him.
Incumbent Franklin County commissioners Brad Peck and Bob Koch each are in a three-way race for re-election.
Peck faces opposition from two county employees -- Human Resources Director Rosie Rumsey and Mark Faith, a building inspector in the planning department.
Koch's challengers are Pasco City Councilman Al Yenney and Connell City Councilman Lee Barrow, who also is a Franklin County sheriff's detective.
All six Franklin County commissioner candidates are Republicans.
Local races that will move on to the November general election are:
* 16th Legislative District Pos. 1: Incumbent Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, against Republican Mary Ruth Edwards of Prosser.
* 16th Legislative District Senate seat: Incumbent Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, against Democrat Scott Nettles of Dayton.
* 8th Legislative District Pos. 1: Incumbent Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick, against Democrat Jay Clough of Kennewick.
* Benton County Commission Pos. 1: State Sen. Jerome Delvin, R-Richland, against Rick Jansons, president of the Richland School Board, also a Republican. Incumbent Leo Bowman is not seeking re-election.
* Benton County Commission Pos. 3: Incumbent Jim Beaver against Edgar Cousineau. Both are Republicans from Kennewick.
* Benton PUD commissioner Pos. 3: Incumbent Robert Bertsch against Barry Bush. Both are from Kennewick.
* Franklin PUD commissioner Pos. 3: Incumbent Stu Nelson of Pasco against Pasco City Councilman Tom Larsen.
All three incumbent 9th District legislators -- Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, and Reps. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, and Susan Fagan, R-Pullman -- are running uncontested for re-election. After redistricting, the 9th District now includes west Pasco.
Rep. Terry Nealey, R-Dayton, is uncontested for Pos. 2 in the 16th District, which lost part of Pasco in redistricting and picked up Benton City and Prosser.
Also uncontested are all six Benton Franklin Superior Court judge positions. Incumbents Bruce Spanner, Robert Swisher, Craig Matheson, Cameron Mitchell, Vic Vanderschoor and Carrie Runge filed for re-election with no challengers.