OLYMPIA, Wash. (Metro) -- Despite a tough election and a bumpy first term in office, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn isn't likely to face any serious challengers in his bid for re-election to a second four-year term.
Heraldnet.com reports Dorn's four opponents aren't showing many signs of campaigning and even fewer indications of fundraising.
As of Tuesday, Dorn had raised 100-thousand dollars for his campaign.
However, challengers Don Hansler of Spanaway, John Blair of Vashon Island, James Bauckman of Bellingham and Ronald Higgins of Richland hadn't reported any campaign contributions.
The 58-year-old schools chief anticipated more opposition and is shocked that none has appeared.
If Dorn gets more than 50 percent of the vote in the August 7th primary then, by law, only his name will appear on the November ballot, essentially confirming his victory.
Early on, Dorn's brash, "tell it like it is" manner led him to butt heads with legislative leaders.
And in 2010, his DUI arrest had some speculating he might resign.
Since taking office, he's seen funding for schools plummet, while demand for reform rose to a fever pitch.
He also survived an attempt to strip his office of its independence and make him answer to the governor.
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