Former Tacoma mayor Marilyn Strickland was leading in early primary returns in her bid to fill the open 10th Congressional District seat.
Strickland, a Democrat, was one of 19 candidates hoping to succeed Democratic U.S. Rep. Denny Heck who is retiring once his current term is up in January. Democratic state lawmaker Beth Doglio was finishing second and former state lawmaker Kristine Reeves a close third in Tuesday’s preliminary primary vote.
The 10th includes the state capital Olympia and much of the south Puget Sound region.
U.S. Rep Denny Heck has advanced to the November ballot in his bid to become Washington’s next lieutenant governor.
Heck, who was leading in preliminary returns in the ‘top two primary Tuesday, announced his entry into the race in April following the surprise announcement by incumbent Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib that he would not seek re-election and would instead become a Jesuit priest.
Democratic Sen. Marko Liias was finishing second in the initial vote count in the…