At least seven candidates have registered for office this week calling themselves independent or stating no party preference.
In Washington’s top two primary, candidates can pick any party — or decline to pick one.
“The parties are not serving Americans,” said Schalk Leonard, a retired Navy judge advocate from Poulsbo running for U.S. Senate. “The parties are engaged in a type of tribal warfare which distracts them from producing benevolent and useful results.”
Leonard doesn’t see himself as fitting in either party, with his call for making sure gays can serve openly in the military that inclines him toward …