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Mitt Romney’s son, Josh, speaks at state GOP Convention

Josh Romney, son of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, spoke at the state GOP convention in Tacoma this morning.

“This is our year. This is a Republican year.” Romney said. “We cannot afford four more years of President Obama.”

As Romney wrapped up his speech, there was a clash of noise: boos from Ron Paul supporters and cheers from Romney supporters.


Filing week: Who’s running for office

Today marked the end of filing week for candidates to make the ballot for federal, legislative, county and judicial offices. Races with more than two candidates face a top-two primary on Aug. 17. Others move on to November’s general election. Here’s a list of selected races compiled from state and Pierce County reports.

U.S. Senator, Washington State
Schalk Leonard (States No Party Preference)
i – Patty Murray (Prefers Democratic Party)
Norma D. Gruber (Prefers Republican Party)
James (Skip) Mercer (States No Party Preference)
Goodspaceguy (Prefers Democratic Party)
Mike The Mover (Prefers Democratic Party)
William Edward Chovil (Prefers Republican Party)
Charles Allen (Prefers Democratic Party)
Dino Rossi (Prefers Republican Party)
Bob Burr (Prefers Democratic Party)
Paul Akers (Prefers Republican Party)
Clint Didier (Prefers Republican Party)
Mohammad H. Said (Prefers Centrist Party)
Mike Latimer (Prefers Republican Party)
Will Baker (Prefers Reform Party)

U.S. Representative, 3rd Congressional District
Jaime Herrera (Prefers Republican Party)
Denny Heck (Prefers Democratic Party)
David W. Hedrick (Prefers Republican Party)
David B. Castillo (Prefers Republican Party)
Cheryl Crist (Prefers Democratic Party)
Norma Jean Stevens (Prefers Independent Party)

U.S. Representative, 6th Congressional District
Doug Cloud (Prefers Republican Party)
i- Norm Dicks (Prefers Democratic Party)
Jesse Young (Prefers Republican Party)

U.S. Representative, 8th Congressional District
Suzan DelBene (Prefers Democratic Party)
Ernest Huber (Prefers Republican Party)
i- Dave Reichert (Prefers Republican Party)
Keith Arnold (Prefers Democratic Party)
Tom Cramer (Prefers Democratic Party)
Boleslaw (John) Orlinski (Prefers Democratic Party)
Tim Dillon (Prefers Republican Party)
Robin Adair (Prefers Independent Party)
Caleb Love Mardini (States No Party Preference)

U.S. Representative, 9th Congressional District
Roy Olson (Prefers Green Party)
i- Adam Smith (Prefers Democratic Party)
Jim Postma (Prefers Republican Party)
Richard (Dick) Muri (Prefers Republican Party)

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Afternoon update: Who’s running for office?

Flurry of activity on the state and county elections filing websites this morning, but few surprises. Here’s who’s in so far in some races of interest. For the entire lists, go to the state elections or Pierce County elections websites.

U.S. Senator
• Schalk Leonard (No Party Preference)
• Patty Murray (Prefers Democratic Party)
• Norma D. Gruber (Prefers Republican Party)

Congressional District 8
• Suzan DelBene (Prefers Democratic Party)
• Ernest Huber (Prefers Republican Party)

Congressional District 9
• Roy Olson (Prefers Green Party)
• Adam Smith (Prefers Democratic Party)
• Jim Postma (Prefers Republican Party)

Congressional District 6
• Doug Cloud (Prefers Republican Party)
• Norm Dicks (Prefers Democratic Party)

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Pierce County accepting online filing

Pierce County wants to make it as easy as possible for prospective candidates to file paperwork to run for office, Elections Manager Mike Rooney says.

So beginning today – for the first time in Pierce County – candidates can file for election online. And the “doors” are open 24 hours a day during filing week.

All it takes is a computer, Internet access, the proper information at hand and a Visa or MasterCard, Rooney said.

You’ll find a link to online filing at the Pierce County elections site beginning this morning. The service will be available until 4 p.m.

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Election returns: Parks measure passing easily

If they were feeling the pinch of the recession or an irritation with taxes, Tacoma voters didn’t show it in Tuesday’s election.

In the initial round of counting in the mail-in election, voters easily approved a property tax increase for Metro Parks Tacoma operations and maintenance.

Proposition 1 was passing 18,628 to 9,004 – a 67 percent approval rate. The levy requires passage only by a simple majority – 50 percent.

The district asked for the new levy to shore up finances amid a drop-off in property and sales taxes. Passage of the levy will raise the property tax

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School board member to challenge incumbent senator

Tony Moore
Tony Moore

Tony Moore, a Federal Way School Board member, has decided to challenge state Sen. Tracey Eide in the 30th Legislative district.

The 46-year-old Republican is a tire wholesaler and was appointed to the school board in 2008 and is now serving as its president. He holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Liberty University in Virginia, according to his school district biography.

In his campaign announcement, he emphasized the need for reining in spending and improving education. “We need quality schools so our children can get jobs and we need to reduce taxes and regulations so businesses can create jobs,” he said in his press release. “It’s a shame that the legislature is raising taxes $900 million while cutting education spending.”

Democrat Eide is in her third term in the Senate after serving two years in the House. The 30th District encompasses most of suburban South King County including Federal Way and parts of Auburn and Kent.

Read on for the entire press release.

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