Fields set for Aug. 7 primary for State House, Senate races

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Luis Moscoso speaks at his campaign kickoff in Mountlake Terrace Thursday. (Photos by Mark Hopkins Photography)

By Doug Petrowski

The fields are now set for the Aug. 7 primary election for state offices, including State Legislative District 1 Senate and House positions. All three current incumbents in District 1 have challengers for their seats.

In the race for State Senator, incumbent Rosemary McAuliffe (D) is up against Guy Palumbo (D) and Dawn McCravey (R). On the House side, Position 1 incumbent Derek Stanford (D) is in a crowded field with Greg Rankich (D), Sandy Guinn (R) and Brian Travis (R). For Representative Position 2, incumbent Luis Moscoso (D) will face off against Mark T. Davies (R).

Those who live east of I-5 in Mountlake Terrace still reside within Legislative District 1, but those who live west of I-5 near Lake Ballinger and in the Melody Hill area are now part of Legislative District 32. The change is part of statewide redistricting approved on Jan. 1.

In Legislative District 32, State Sen. Maralyn Chase is midway through her four-year term that doesn’t expire until 2014. In the House races, Position 1 incumbent Cindy Ryu (D) will be running against Randy J. Hayden (R). In Position 2, incumbent Ruth Kagi (D) is facing Republicans Robert Reedy and Eric R. Alvey.

In each race, the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, will move on to the general election in November.

Moscoso, who is running for a second term in the State House, began his re-election effort on Thursday evening at the Nile Shrine Golf Center.

When asked why he chose the Nile for the campaign kick-off, Moscoso responded, “This is my home town; I live in Mountlake Terrace. This is also where I announced my first run for office two years ago.”

Another Mountlake Terrace resident, Robert Reddy, is taking advantage of the redistricting change and running in the 32nd District, Position 2 race. Reedy made an unsuccessful bid for Mountlake Terrace City Council last fall; he also ran unsuccessfully for state House Representative in 1986 and 1990.

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