Navy vet announces 2014 bid for state House seat held by Kathy Haigh

Staff writerNovember 19, 2013 

A second Republican candidate has announced he is running for the state House seat now held by Kathy Haigh, D-Shelton.

Josiah Rowell, a Navy reservist and University of Washington business student, is the latest candidate to announce he will run next year for Haigh’s seat representing the 35th Legislative District. The 35th district includes Mason County and parts of Thurston and Kitsap counties.

Republican Dan Griffey, a firefighter from Allyn who ran against Haigh in 2010 and 2012, is also vying for the position in 2014.

According to a campaign press release, Rowell spent four years as an active duty sailor with the U.S. Navy. He has been a member of the Navy Reserve for the past five years and recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan, according to the campaign announcement. He and his wife live in Union.

Haigh, who has represented the 35th District since 1999, confirmed Tuesday she will be seeking reelection in 2014.

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