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Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson will see another challenge from within his office in his bid for re-election this year.

Sheriff’s Detective Brad Thurman filed Tuesday to run against Nelson on the second day of the state’s week-long period to file for a range of county, state and legislative elective offices.

Thurman, a 30-year veteran with the sheriff’s office, was elected as president of the Cowlitz County Republican Party in 2015. He is also a member of the Cowlitz County Deputies and Sergeants Guild.

Nelson is running as a Democrat for the third time after first winning election in 2010. This will be the second election in which he has faced a challenger from inside the sheriff’s office.

Other notable filings from Tuesday include:

19th Legislative District

  • Incumbent state Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen, filed Tuesday to run for a second term. He is opposed by Erin Frasier, a first-time candidate from Pe Ell who filed as a Democrat. Frasier currently works for the State Board for Washington Community and Technical Colleges.
  • First-time Republican candidate Joel McEntire of Cathlamet filed Tuesday to challenge state Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen. McEntire is a middle school teacher and Marine Corps reservist.

20th Legislative District

  • Incumbent state Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, is also facing a challenge from Brennan Bailey, a Democrat from Chehalis. Bailey has worked as a teacher in Longview and Toledo, and recently served as president of the Chehalis School Board. This is his first bid for legislative office.

U.S. Senate

  • Three more candidates filed Tuesday to run for the seat currently occupied by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat who’s seeking a fourth term. She is now facing opposition in the state’s top-two primary from 14 candidates.


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