Walla Walla County coroner out of mix as election filing period closes

The filing period for has closed, and Frank Brown is not in the mix for his job.

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WALLA WALLA -- The deadline passed Friday for numerous local, state and federal political seats up for election in 2010, including the post currently held by county Coroner Frank Brown, who did not file for re-election.

Brown has come under criticism from public officials, including county Sheriff Mike Humphreys, Police Chief Chuck Fulton and Fire Chief Terry Thomas, who recently filed complaints about the coroner with county commissioners.

Four people filed to run for the coroner position: Virginia M. Romine of Prescott; Ken Hall of Waitsburg; and Richard Greenwood and Jim Schmerer, both of Walla Walla.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has 14 people running against her, including former gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi and Walla Walla resident Norma D. Gruber.

In Congressional District 5, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has four challengers.

At the state level, Rep. Maureen Walsh is being challenged by Brenda High of Pasco for Legislative District 16.

The second representative of the district, Rep. Terry R. Nealey, will run unopposed.

Also running unopposed for re-election this year are county Auditor Karen Martin, county Clerk Kathy Martin, county Commissioner Gregory A. Tompkins, Prosecuting Attorney James L. Nagle, county Treasurer Gordon Heimbigner and District Court Judge John Knowlton.

Two local attorneys have filed for the part-time District Court judge seat currently held by Jerry Votendahl, who did not file for re-election. Kristian E. Hedine and Bridie Monahan Hood, both of Walla Walla, will run for that post.

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