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ELECTION: University Place Candidate Filings

At the local level, three sitting members of the University Place City Council are seeking election to state and county offices.

Filing week is over, and plenty of faces from University Place will be vying to make it out of the August primary.

At the local level, three sitting members of the University Place City Council are seeking election to state and county offices.

Washingtonians will rely on a Top 2 Primary system, which allows any candidate a chance to get on the November General Election ballot, regardless of their party.

Here’s the rundown:

 

Pierce County Council

  • In the race for Pierce County Council, Pos. 4, founding UP City Councilman and current Mayor Ken Grassi will be running with another University Place City Councilman who prefers the Republican Party, Chris Nye. As for the Democrats, Connie Ladenburg of UP and Sharon Benson of Tacoma are both running.

 

State Legislature

  • At the state level, a trio of University Place residents have filed to represent the 28th District in the House. Steve O’Ban and Ken Campbell prefer the Republican Party, while current University Place City Councilman Eric Choiniere is the lone challenger from the Democrat side.
  • In Pos. 2, Malcolm Russell and Paul Wagemann, both Lakewood Republicans, are running to unseat Democrat Tami Green.
  • In the race for the state Senate, Democrat Yoshie Wong of University Place filed to unseat Mike Carrell, a Lakewood Republican.

 

Congress

  • In the race for the newly formed 10th Congressional District, things pretty much went as expected. On the Republican side, former UP Mayor Stan Flemming and former Pierce County Councilman Dick Muri will run.
  • On the Democrat side, Denny Heck of Olympia is running with Jennifer Ferguson of Lakewood.
  • Sue Gunn also filed as a member of the Prog. Independent Party, and Steve Hannon filed with no party affiliation.

 

Other races

  • Current 28th District Rep. Troy Kelley filed for state auditor.
  • A number of UP candidates have filed for county judge positions.

(Click here for a full list of candidate filings from the Pierce County Auditor's Office)

 

How the Top 2 Primary works:

(From the Washington State Auditor's Office)

Washington is the first state in the country to establish a Top 2 Primary election system, rather than a party nominating system. A Top 2 Primary narrows the number of candidates to two. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the Primary advance to the General Election, regardless of their party preference. 

 

Candidates
Each candidate for partisan office may state a political party that he or she prefers. A candidate’s party preference does not imply that the candidate is nominated or endorsed by the party, or that the party approves of or associates with that candidate.

 

Voters
In each race, you may vote for any candidate listed on the ballot.  The two candidates who receive the most votes in the Primary advance to the General Election, regardless of their party preference.  Washington voters do not declare party affiliation as part of voter registration.

 

Political parties
Political parties do not have a guaranteed spot on the General Election ballot. The two candidates who advance to the General Election may prefer the same party, different parties, or not state a party preference. Parties are free to conduct their nominating procedures according to their own rules, at their own conventions, caucuses or meetings. This frees parties to develop their own criteria for nominations, endorsements, and other public declarations of support.

Ken Campbell May 21, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I am excited to ask for your support to represent District 28, Position 1 in the legislature!
Patricia Mannie, Patricia & Co. May 22, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I am honored to be working as the Pierce County Chair for the Stan Flemming for Congress Campaign!
Howard and Barbara Lee May 22, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Detractors of Eric Choiniere probably find fault with his lack of commitment to fulfill the remaining year left on the UP city council position he is currently filling. I don't have a problem with his seeking better employment because professional athletes move from team to team searching for the highest salary, so why should I hold Mr. Choiniere to a higher standard. Mr. Choiniere probably doesn't see his move as a divorce from the UP voters who elected him, but feels it is more of an annulment with visitation rights to campaign again in UP for their state legislature votes. However, I suggest that Ken Campbell is the better choice if you desire someone who better possesses the capacity to understand municipal financing and lead our state out of the dire fiscal situation in which we find ourselves. Howard
Brent Champaco May 22, 2012 at 07:52 AM
Hey everyone, An alert Patch user brought to my attention something that is EXTREMELY important this year. Washington State become the first in the country to establish a Top 2 Primary system, which means the Top 2 candidates with the most votes in August move onto November General Election. That means, say, in a Congressional race, you can have two candidates who are both Republicans or Democrats in the General Election. No one party gets an automatic nomination onto the November ballot. Changes to the story have been made, and I apologize if there was any confusion. I guess it goes to show that no matter how long you've covered this stuff (more than a decade for me), no one is immune from bungling the story once in awhile. Sorry for the mixup and I hope it's all clear now.
Christie Anderson May 23, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Top 2 Primary system? Who comes up with this stuff?? The last time they, whoever "they" were, messed with voting, there was the "ranked choice" system....and we ended up with Dale Washam as Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer. "Ranked choice" voting was yanked shortly there after. You have to figure that if you keep messing with a system that's been working fine for a couple hundred years, you're just going to keep making mistakes like Dale Washam, so it might be best to not change it. Stop trying to reinvent the wheel for cryin' out loud!
J May 25, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Wow Ken... did you know that Movember is way over with? You can raise money for prostate cancer in 6 months. I am positive that more folks would be supportive if you shaved off the stache. People don't do creepy anymore.
Christie Anderson May 25, 2012 at 06:00 AM
"I am positive that more folks would be supportive if you shaved off the stache. People don't do creepy anymore." J....are you usually this rude or what?

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