This just in: Rob Chase is challenging incumbent Spokane County Treasurer D.E. "Skip" Chilberg.
A bit tardy to the election cycle, Chase encourages voters in a statement released this afternoon to consider him as a write-in candidate on this year's ballot. Chilberg (who has perhaps the coolest name on the ballot) has so far run unopposed.
"It's not right for a position as important as Treasurer to go completely unchallenged," Chase said in the statement put out by the Spokane County Republican Party. "It was a difficult decision to make right as ballots were being delivered, but the outpouring of support has been tremendous."
Still, Chase isn't just chasing windmills. To get his name on the general election ballot, he needs just one percent of primary voters to support him.
And the county GOP is doing their best to make sure that very low hurdle is surmounted. The party's release makes it explicit. "To cast a vote for Rob Chase," it reads, "voters will have to print 'Rob Chase' on the dotted line under the 'County Treasurer' heading and fill in the oval to the left of the line."
Political hand-holding at its best.