Thanks to the reader who gave us the tip that Jenkins had filed paperwork yesterday. It made this blog one of the first to have the story (the Journal World website posted 50 minutes later).
The Cap Journal confirms it was paperwork (Statement of Candidacy) with the FEC. From a technical standpoint, that means Jenkins has either raised or spent $5,000 on the race.
From a strategy standpoint, Ryun had just seen an AP article run throughout the district that he was definitely in the race. The Jenkins team must have decided that made yesterday the day to make news with the filing of paperwork to ensure she stayed in the discussion. Jenkins also told the Cap Journal she would make a formal announcement after the legislative session. Ryun's formal announcement is likely to come in the next two weeks.
According to the Journal World story, Jeff Wagamon from Jenkins' office said, “We don’t know how crowded the primary is going to be. We don’t care, and she’s going to win." That's pretty strong wording. Maybe Jeff knows something the rest of us don't.
The other possible candidates in the discussion are Lee Tafanelli and Derek Schmidt. Schmidt's run is rather unlikely since he doesn't live in the Second District and he's been rumored to want to run for Governor. Tafanelli's interest level is still unknown.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.