The Herald of Everett, Washington
21st District State Reps. Ortiz-Self and Peterson both get opponents

Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 9:55 a.m.


Democratic 21st District State Reps. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Strom Peterson both have opponents for the 2016 election.

Libertarian Alex Hels has registered with the state Public Disclosure Commission as a candidate against Peterson. No Republican has registered.

Registering with the Public Disclosure Commission allows a candidate to raise and spend money for the August primary and November general election. Candidates file for ballot position May16-20.

Republican Jeff Scherrer has registered as a candidate against Ortiz-Self. Scherrer lost to Ortiz-Self in the 2014 general election. Ortiz-Self won the position by appointment in January of 2014, when she replaced Democratic then-Rep. Marko Liias, who had won appointment to the State Senate.

Hels, a political newcomer, is a barista and an assistant football coach at Lynnwood High School.

The top two vote getters for each position in the primary, regardless of party, qualify for the general-election ballot.

Liias, the district’s state senator, is in the middle of a four-year term.

The 21st District includes most of Edmonds, unincorporated areas north of Edmonds and Lynnwood and northeast of Lynnwood, the city of Mukilteo and part of south Everett.