Filing week is over and no dark horse candidates jumped in to represent parts of Pierce and Kitsap counties in the state Senate, so Rep. Jan Angel and Sen. Nathan Schlicher have the field to themselves.
It’s a pivotal race for the balance of power in the Senate, and it could get very expensive.
Sen. Derek Kilmer stepped down to go to Congress, leaving a vacancy to be filled for a year by a fellow Democrat and then up for grabs for the final year of his term. Schlicher, an emergency room doctor from Gig Harbor, was appointed in January and is running to stay in the seat, facing third-term House Republican Jan Angel of Port Orchard, a former banker and Realtor.
Neither can raise money while lawmakers are in session, but they used a two week break before the current special session to haul in cash. Schlicher’s total stands at more than $118,000 while Angel has nearly $114,000.