Today is filing deadline day and a Republican has filed to run in the pivotal state senate race in the 48th Legislative District where state Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48, Medina), the dissident Democrat who joined with the Republicans to give them the majority, dropped out for personal and health reasons.
Michelle Darnell, 44, a paralegal in Kirkland who works on foreclosure cases for people who are losing their homes, has jumped in to challenge state Rep. Cyrus Habib (D-48, Kirkland) for the seat.
Sounding more like a left-winger, Darnell says she was "woken up by Occupy" and says, "the real issue is the concentration of wealth." She says she's a Republican, though, because she believes in less regulation and smaller government. She says she's never been active with the GOP and adds that she has a "hit or miss" voting record, saying she voted for Dino Rossi for governor and for Ron Paul for President in 2012.
"I don't agree with him on everything," she says, referring to Paul, "but before him, who knew about the Federal Reserve?"
Her Facebook page says she worked at The Emerge Team, a group that appears to fight banks over foreclosure with a website that declares: "America. It isn't a recession. It's a robbery." Darnell, however, says she doesn't work there and Facebook has made a mistake. "I'm trying to get that delinked from my account," she says.
The Slog reports that Kshama Sawant ally and 15Now spokeswoman Jess Spear has filed to run against state speaker of the house, Rep. Frank Chopp (D-43, Wallingford). Before running successfully against City Council member Richard Conlin last year, Sawant herself took on Chopp in 2012.
In other last-minute filing news: Republican state Rep. J.T. Wilcox (R-2, Yelm) from rural southeast Pierce County, drew a challenger today, Rick Payne, who lists "the Marijuana Party" as his political party of choice.