Lacey City Councilman Jason Hearn is the first Republican to announce he's running for the 22nd district seat being vacated by incumbent Brendan Williams.
A Republican hasn’t held the state House seat in a quarter-century. The “Reagan Revolution” propelled W.H. “Bill” Garson of Tenino to the office in 1980. He served one term.
Hearn said the time is ripe for a return of the GOP to represent the district. People are tiring of partisanship and are looking for a candidate who will “serve all people, not the party,” he said.
“I hope people don’t write me off just because of my party,” Hearn said. “That would be a shame.”
Five Democrats have announced their candidacies.
Hearn, 38, was elected to the Lacey City Council in 2007 as a political newcomer. Council members are nonpartisan. He registered as a candidate with the state Public Disclosure Commission on March 30.
Hearn, who owns a local advertising firm, has been a strong supporter of improving the city’s transportation system and serves as the chairman of the City Council transportation committee.
The five other candidates are:
• Stewart Henderson, a private consultant.
• Judith Hoefling, a Tumwater city councilwoman and the community relations director for Behavioral Health Resources.
• Joe Mihelich, a state Department of Health employee.
• Steve Robinson, a legislative policy analyst for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.
• Chris Reykdal, a Tumwater school board member.
Hearn will hold a camp- aign kickoff in the next few weeks.
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