One of the most power-hungry Governors in the Northwest is running again.
Many had suspected that Jay Inslee would not seek a third term but he has indeed filed again.
Not only that, but gun-grabbing Attorney General Bob Ferguson is also running for re-election. The citizens of Washington need a break with some freedom-loving faces and they won’t get it with these two back in office.
Inslee, a Democrat, announced his intent to run for a third term last August, shortly after dropping out of the Democratic presidential primary race. It became official last week, when Inslee and 36 — yes, 36 — challengers formally filed to run for the state’s highest office.
He is the first governor to seek a third consecutive term in office since Republican Gov. Dan Evans sought — and won — a third term in 1972. Evans is the only governor to serve three consecutive terms in the state’s history, a list Inslee hopes to join this fall.
To do so, Inslee will first need to finish as one of the top two candidates in the state’s all-party, top-two primary on Aug. 4 among a host of other candidates. An incumbent governor has not lost in a primary since 1980, when Democratic Gov. Dixy Lee Ray was beaten out by Democratic State Sen. Jim McDermott, who went on to lose to Republican John Spellman.
A slew of Republican candidates filed to run against Inslee, with anti-tax activist Tim Eyman perhaps being the most well-known challenger. Eyman, who has not held public office before, announced his intent to run for governor as an independent in November, before reversing that decision in February and announcing his intention to run as a Republican.
Other Republicans who filed to run for the office include: State Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn, who has represented a district in southeastern King County in the Washington State Senate since 2017; Republic police chief Loren Culp, who is known for defying I-1639, the gun-control measure approved by Washington voters with over 59% of the vote in 2018; and Joshua Freed, the former mayor and city councilor of Bothell.
As eyes now turn to the primary election, Inslee holds a clear fundraising advantage over all of his opponents. As of May 16, the day after the filing period closed, Inslee had about $1.33 million cash on hand, after subtracting debt and expenditures from how much his campaign has raised overall. Of the $3.24 million in cash and in-kind contributions Insee received this election cycle, the Washington State Democratic Central Committee donated about $510,000 of the total.
Can any Republican take Inslee down?
Time will tell but Washington continues to move further and further to the left. This will make it difficult to take the radical left down.