Ron Morehouse, a Republican who took on incumbent state Rep. Dawn Morrell, D-Puyallup, this year, says he’s already gearing up for 2010.
On Friday, he sent us this e-mail (the subject line referred to “2010 election”:
After due consideration and encouragement from a Union Leader, republicans, democrats, and independents. I have filed to run for state legislature district 25. At this time a organization meeting is planned for December.
Many volunteers are needed if we are to unseat Dawn. If interested please contact Rocky Carroll at 1-360-893-4203. or myself at 253-847-5651 or e:mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald E. Morehouse
Candidate State Representative
District 25, Position 2
Now, Morehouse may have filed some paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission (he’s required to), but he can’t actually file for office until the first week of June 2010.
Given the outcome of this election, one wonders why Morehouse is so eager to get whooped again. He’s trailing Morrell 32,809 to 23,304. That’s 17 percentage points.
He also appears to be jumping the gun.
This from Dave Ammons at state elections:
People need to file papers with PDC the minute they start raising or spending money for an upcoming campaign. In the eyes of the PDC, that makes them an official candidate. But the official filing of the declaration of candidacy and the payment of the filing fee are what make the person an official candidate in our view. That’s what gets them on the ballot and in the Voters’ Pamphlet. That doesn’t occur until the first week in June, except for special elections.