OLYMPIA — Incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., gained several new challengers Monday, including a man who would like to see the construction of orbital space colonies.
Election officials began accepting filings for those who want to be candidates for public office in the upcoming August primary.
But there was no formal filing yet from former state senator and two-time gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi, who is expected by many to be Murray’s toughest opponent, or from former pro-football player Clint Didier of Eltopia.
Those hoping to unseat Murray as of Monday included Schalk Leonard of Poulsbo, who stated no party preference; Norma D. Gruber, a Walla Walla Republican; James “Skip” Mercer of Bellevue, who stated no party preference; and Mike “Goodspaceguy” Nelson, a Seattle Democrat.
Nelson, who filed simply as “Goodspaceguy,” previously has run for U.S. Senate, governor, and King County executive with the long-range goal of building orbital space colonies for human habitation.
In other federal races, incumbent Republican Rep. Doc Hastings of Pasco filed for another term in Central Washington’s Fourth Congressional District, while Democrat Barbara Lampert of Spokane filed to run against incumbent Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers in the Fifth Congressional District covering much of Eastern Washington.