State Rep. Sam Hunt has endorsed Democrat Chris Reykdal in the crowded 22nd Legislative District race to replace the retiring Brendan Williams.
Williams, a three-term Democrat, previously endorsed Reykdal, who is the deputy executive director for the state’s community colleges board and is on the Tumwater School Board.
Thurston County Democrats are clearly split in the race. Stew Henderson, a management consultant and environmental advocate, is their formal nominee. Other candidates have support among mainstream Democrats.
Also running as a Democrat is Judi Tennant Hoefling, a Tumwater City Council member and social-services advocate who has a background in business. Natural-resources advocate Steve Robinson is running as a Progressive Dem; activist Jeremy Miller is running as a candidate of the Demo Party; F.G. Fred Jensen is running as a Prolife Democrat.
Jason Hearn is the lone Republican in the race. The district leans strongly Democratic.
Hunt, who faces his own re-election challengers in Justin Kover and Chris Ward, said he is backing Reykdal as the best of a good field. Reykdal has more labor support than any other candidate, but Hunt said the district is fortunate to have three other good Democratic candidates – Henderson, Hoefling and Robinson.
“He is young, smart, and has what it takes to be an outstanding state representative,” Hunt said about Reykdal in a prepared statement, adding that his adult children also urged him to back Reykdal. “Chris Reykdal is not afraid to a take stand on hot issues.”
Democratic Sen. Karen Fraser, the other lawmaker from the 22nd, said she won’t endorse anyone. She said she has friends in many of the campaigns. The primary election is Aug. 17.
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Campaign-finance data on file at the state Public Disclosure Commission this week showed that Chris Reykdal has raised $60,165 in the race to represent the 22nd Legislative District, followed by Stew Henderson at $59,233, Steve Robinson at $19,170, Judi Tennant Hoefling at $17,058, Jeremy Miller at $12,690 and Jason Hearn at $6,224. Sofia Aragon, a Democrat who dropped out before filing week, raised $8,074.