Newly elected Jaime Herrera announced her congressional transition team will include a few old hands, including former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton’s onetime chief of staff, J Vander Stoep and her campaign manager Casey Bowman.
Herrera, a state lawmaker from Camas, beat moderate Democrat Denny Heck of Olympia in the Nov. 2 election. She replaces six-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, who retired and delivered this blast at Democrats and Republicans.
Also hired by Herrera: Afton Swift, a former aide to U.S. Reps. Jack Metcalf in the 2nd and Doc Hastings in the 4th, and Bowman, her 3rd-district campaign manager and spokesman.
Swift also had a role with Dino Rossi's gubernatorial races. Vander Stoep is a former state representative whose district served Thurston, Lewis and a few other 3rd district counties.
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Herrera issued this statement: