Former Spokane County official to run for Congress

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former two-term Spokane County treasurer who’s pushed libertarian policies in the past will run as a Republican for the congressional seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Rob Chase filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday to run for the 5th Congressional District seat.

The Spokesman-Review said he is the third candidate to declare candidacy. McMorris Rodgers has said she will seek a ninth term on Capitol Hill. Democrat Chris Armitage is also running for the Eastern Washington seat.

This will be the second congressional run for Chase, whose first successful foray into elected politics came with an unlikely win for treasurer in 2010. He had previously run as a Libertarian in 2002 against Republican Rep. George Nethercutt, earning 5% of the primary vote that year.

Chase mounted a write-in candidacy for treasurer in August 2010, only to qualify for the general election ballot and unseat Democrat Skip Chillberg in an election in which voters also ousted a sitting Democratic county commissioner.

Chase believes he has enough connections in the district to at least place second in the August primary, which would put him on the ballot in November because of the state’s system that advances two candidates regardless of party.