I don’t know what the story is in District 33, but I’m sure there is one.
Looking just at the Republican side of the ticket, we can see that Rep. Taffy Howard filed her petition to run for reëlection back in January. City councilwoman Amanda Scott filed on January 31. Last week, Rep. David Johnson joined them, triggering a primary.
But then on Friday, Melanie Torno of Somerset filed to run for District 33 House. Four-way primary for House? What fun!
Then things got weird on Monday. District 33 Senator Phil Jensen’s wife Janet filed a petition to run for District 33 House. (Husband and wife serving simultaneously in the Legislature. Don’t we have enough family ties across chambers?) Amanda Scott then withdrew her House petition and filed to run for Senate against Phil Jensen.
One might think that Scott left the House race to make room for Mrs. Jensen… but if she was feeling so courteous, why would she then challenge Mr. Jensen?
Remember, these are all Republicans, so as of right now, both House and Senate in District 33 have a primary.
As of this lunchtime writing, no Dems have poked their heads out of the District 33 holes and seen that it’s springtime. (That’s a metaphor, Dems: file your blooming petitions and run to win!)