Candidates line up for 23rd District, Kitsap races

Three people have filed to run for office in Washington’s Legislative District 23 on the first morning of Candidate Filing Week.

Sen. Christine Rolfes, a Bainbridge Island Democrat, will seek another term in the Senate to represent the 23rd Legislative District.

For Position 1 in the 23rd District, one candidate filed before 11 a.m. Monday, May 11.

April Ferguson, a Republican from Suquamish, threw her hat in the ring Monday morning.

Ferguson has been on the ballot several times before, including as a candidate in the 23rd District.

Ferguson was on a crowded ballot four years ago, in November 2016, when she ran for the Position 1 seat. She was eliminated from the field in the August primary that year, after she finished third of four candidates for the job.

Last year, she came up short in a bid for a position on the school board for the North Kitsap School District, losing to Breane Martinez.

After her loss last year, Ferguson said she would again seek public office in the future.

In Position 2 for the 23rd District, Elainna Gonzales-Blanton filed as a candidate Monday. Gonzales-Blanton is a Republican from Bremerton.

Two incumbents on the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners have filed as candidates.

Charlotte Garrido and Rob Gelder, both Democrats, are seeking another term.

Garrido hopes to maintain her position as the county’s District 2 commissioner, while Gelder is running again for the District 1 seat.

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