State Representative Brandon Neuman (D-Washington) won both the Democratic and Republican nomination for the one open seat on the Washington county Court of Common Pleas, making his election in the fall almost a certainty.
The wins mean that Neuman’s seat will need to be filled through a special election in 2018. Special elections in even years often take on more significance as parties look to shape the narrative and build momentum early in the year.
Neuman is currently serving his fourth term in the state House. He went unchallenged in the 2016 election, as well as his 2012 election. In 2014 Neuman defeated Republican Sonia Stopperich by 17.46 points, and defeated Cody Knotts in 2010 by 4.98 points.
Even though the seat has been controlled by Democrats, both Republicans and Democrats will likely be heavily invested in the race. Republicans will be looking to build on their 121 member caucus heading into the 2018 election, and Democrats will be looking to hold onto as many seats as they can in the western part of the state and show they are building a wave for their candidates in the 2018 election.