Tacoma attorney files at last minute to run for Congress
Two state lawmakers and a Clallam County commissioner quietly gained new terms Friday as nobody from opposing parties filed to run against them.
But veteran U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks will face a Republican challenger in the November election.
Doug Cloud of Gig Harbor filed Friday -- the final day of a filing extension period for opposing parties -- according to the Secretary of State's Office in Olympia.
State Sen. Jim Hargrove and state Rep. Lynn Kessler, both Democrats from Hoquiam, head into new 24th Legislative District terms after no candidates from the Republican or Libertarian parties filed.
Hargrove gains his fourth four-year term; Kessler advances to a seventh two-year term.
District 2 Clallam County Commissioner Mike Chapman, R-Port Angeles, will serve another 4 years in office after no candidates from the opposition parties filed.
State Rep. Jim Buck, R-Joyce, will face Kevin Van De Wege, a Democrat from Sequim, on the Nov. 2 ballot. Both filed during the regular filing period July 26-30.
Cloud will face Dicks, D-Bremerton, in the Nov. 2 general election for the 6th Congressional District seat, which includes Clallam and Jefferson counties.
The Tacoma attorney said Saturday he filed because the congressional position is too good to let Dicks go unchallenged.
He called state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance, and after a five-minute interview received permission to file as the party's candidate for the seat, Cloud said.
Vance didn't promise him any help in his uphill battle, nor is any
expected, Cloud said.
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