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Cleveland gets challenger for 49th Legislative District Senate seat; same for McClintock’s 18th Legislative District House seat

Filing week ends at 5 p.m. Friday

By Dylan Jefferies, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 9, 2024, 6:24pm

Two previously undeclared candidates Thursday filed paperwork with the Clark County Elections office to run for the state Legislature.

Lucia Worthington of Vancouver filed to run as a Republican for the 49th Legislative District Senate seat. She is running against incumbent Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, who is seeking a fourth term.

Worthington ran unsuccessfully as an independent in 2016 for the 3rd Congressional District. She is a management consultant.

Deken Letinich of Vancouver filed to run as a Democrat for the 18th Legislative District House seat, Position 1. He will be running against first-term incumbent Rep. Stephanie McClintock, R-Vancouver.

Letinich is a laborer and union organizer with Laborers Local 335. In 2018, he was selected as Union Member of the Year at the annual Labor Roundtable of Southwest Washington awards banquet.

The fourth day of filing week at the Clark County Elections office wrapped up Thursday evening with 342 candidates declaring their intentions to run for federal, state or county office. Most candidates expected to run filed Monday, but candidates vying for a position on the Aug. 6 primary ballot have until 5 p.m. Friday to meet the deadline.

To view the full roster of candidates who have declared campaigns with the Clark County Auditor’s Office, visit clark.wa.gov/elections/candidates.

This story was updated to correct Lucia Worthington’s city of residence and occupation.