A pair of Democratic Congressmen representing Pierce County, Adam Smith and Norm Dicks, made their re-election bids official today. Challengers to Smith, Dicks and Rep. Dave Reichert also filed the paperwork to run on the first day of the candidate filing period.
Some voters will have an alternative to the two major parties. Roy Olson of Olympia filed as a Green Party candidate to challenge Smith, the Tacoma Democrat.
Steilacoom Republican Jim Postma, whom Smith has beaten before, has filed to challenge him again. Expect Republican Pierce County Councilman Dick Muri to join them soon.
Republican Doug Cloud of Gig Harbor has filed to oppose Dicks.
Smith and Dicks are considered pretty safe in their districts. Dicks, the Belfair Democrat, has won election to 17 terms, three of them by beating Cloud.
Reichert, of Auburn, hasn’t yet filed, but his Democratic challenger, Suzan DelBene, the former Microsoft executive from Bellevue, made her candidacy official today. Reichert is also getting a challenge from his right: Ernest Huber of Issaquah is running as a Republican.
UPDATE: Muri has filed, too.