One of the few Republicans to vote in favor of same-sex marriage in the Legislature now has a fellow Republican opponent in her bid for re-election.
Mary Ruth Edwards of Prosser filed Tuesday to run against incumbent Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, in the 16th District.
Walsh earned brief internet fame for her impassioned floor speech in favor of same-sex marriage in February.
Edwards previously ran against Congressman Doc Hastings in 2010 but lost in the primary.
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Democrat Jay Clough, who also ran against Hastings in 2010 and lost, on Tuesday filed to run in the 8th Legislative District for the seat held by state Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick.
Klippert hadn't filed for a third term as of Tuesday.
In the 9th District, Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, and Susan Fagan, R-Pullman, all filed for re-election and so far are unopposed.
Also filing Tuesday were Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt, who is seeking re-election in the 16th District, and Republican Rick Jansons, who is running for the Benton County commission seat being vacated by Leo Bowman.
Candidates can file online or in-person at county auditor's offices or the Secretary of State's office through 4 p.m. Friday.