Politics Blog

Ex-Whatcom council member Knutzen seeks Overstreet's state House seat

It didn't take long for Bill Knutzen to reappear on the political scene.

Six months after losing in the progressive sweep of the 2013 Whatcom County Council elections, the former one-term councilor has filed to replace Jason Overstreet in the state House of Representatives. Knutzen filed Tuesday for 42nd Legislative District rep., Position 1.

Luanne Van Werven announced last week she would run for Overstreet's old seat ( her announcement came at roughly the same time last week as Overstreet's announcement that he would not seek re-election).

Van Werven hasn't filed yet; presumably she will. In the meantime, another Republican has stolen the spotlight for now.

I'll reach out to Knutzen for an interview between now and this weekend, when we run a filing week wrap-up in The Bellingham Herald.

Another key name to come up in Tuesday's candidate filings: As expected, Rick Larsen, D-Everett, will seek to retain his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for an eighth term. No Republican challenger has filed yet.

The other U.S. rep. for Whatcom, Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, filed first-thing Monday morning.

Here's a complete list of Tuesday's candidate filings, as of 5:30 p.m. For Monday's filings, click here.

2nd Congressional District (Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom)

U.S. Representative Partisan Office 2-year term

1) Rick Larsen

(Prefers Democratic Party)

42nd Legislative District (Whatcom except south Bellingham and SW county)

State Representative Pos. 1 Partisan Office 2-year term

1) Bill Knutzen

(Prefers Republican Party)

* * *

Charter Review Commission (top 5 vote-getters elected) nonpartisan 1 yr term

District 1

1) Dick Donahue

2) Anthony (Tony) Wallace

3) Orphalee Smith

* * *

District 2

1) Judd Morse

2) Bob Bandarra

* * *

District 3

1) Bob Cecile

2) Karl Uppiano

3) Ralph Black