Candidate filings set up more showdowns

With just two days to go, candidates line themselves up for legislative matches.

By John Stang

May 14, 2014.

A three-way race is on to replace retiring 37th District Democratic Sen. Adam Kline.

Pramila Jayapal, the odds-on favorite, and John Stafford filed their paperwork with the Washington Secretary of State Wednesday, joining Claude Burfect's earlier filing to represent the southern Seattle district. 

Jayapal, the former head of the OneAmerica advocacy group, currently reports some $82,000 raised for her campaign, by far the most in the 37th. Stafford, school teacher and former treasurer for Arts in Motion, reports $4,500. There is no fund-raising information for Burfect on the state Public Disclosure Commission website. Several other people have formed campaign committees and raised funds, so the field could still grow.

Meanwhile, no Republican has surfaced yet to take on Rep. Cyrus Habib, D-Kirkland, to replace retiring Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, in the 48th District. Also, no Democrat has emerged yet in the 47th District to take on Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn. Both districts are theoretically swing districts in the fight to control the Washington Senate in 2015. Right now, Republicans — aided by two defecting Democrats, including Tom — run the Senate with a 26-23 advantage.

The Washington House races have lower profiles because the Republicans would need a huge run of luck to overcome their 55-43 deficit in the lower chamber. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. 

Here is a rundown of Wednesday's congressional and Washington Senate filings.

While most races shaped up with filings earlier in the week, expected contests in two other districts haven't become official:


John Stang covers state government for Crosscut. He can be reached by writing

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