A Kennewick City Council race picked up a third candidate Wednesday.
Ed Pacheco filed to run against Councilman Paul Parish and challenger Diane Crawford. The field for the at-large position will be narrowed to two candidates in the Aug. 4 primary.
Pacheco ran unsuccessfully against Councilman Greg Jones in 2013.
Through Wednesday afternoon, 53 people had filed for 43 offices in Benton County, while 27 candidates had filed for 23 offices in Franklin County. Filing continues through May 15.
Another Greg Jones, this one a councilman in Richland, filed to run for reelection Wednesday. He had to run despite being elected just two years ago because he finished with the lowest vote total of the winning council candidates. The other winning councilmembers received four-year terms.
Tim Cook, Kiona-Benton City School Board chairman, filed for reelection Wednesday. He is being challenged by Julie Rheinschmidt.
Kennewick School Board member Ben Messinger on Wednesday became the first candidate to file to run for that board. Fellow board members Ron Mabry and Brian Brooks have yet to file.
And minutes after Cedro Rodriguez filed to run for Position 7 on the Kennewick General Hospital Board that oversees Trios Health, incumbent board President Donna Vance also filed.
Also, two Connell men filed late Tuesday to run for the board of the Franklin County Public Hospital District, which oversees ambulance service in north Franklin County. George Holdiman is challenging incumbent District 3 Commissioner Michael Harrington for a six-year term.
Marcia Robitaille is challenging Councilman Robert L. Hagans in the northeast Franklin County city of Kahlotus. Robitaille last ran for city council in 2013, finishing ahead of her daughter-in-law, Molly Robitaille, in the primary but losing to incumbent Councilwoman Sharee Beckner in the general election.