One new candidate officially filed Wednesday for the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, while another announced that her run is over.
State Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake, became the eighth person to file for the position. And Kennewick caregiver Jamie Wheeler, who is active in the Mid-Columbia Tea Party, announced that she will not be filing.
Also Wednesday, Democrat Brad Taylor of Prosser filed for Benton County commissioner against incumbent Commissioner Shon Small of Prosser and Tim Dalton of Kennewick, both Republicans.
The top two votegetters in the Aug. 5 primary, regardless of party, move on to the Nov. 4 general election. Candidates have until Friday to file.
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Two state representatives have filed for re-election. Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, will again face Mary Ruth Edwards of Prosser, whom Walsh defeated in 2012. Rep. Terry Nealey, R-Dayton, also filed.
Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller filed for reelection Wednesday and is unopposed.