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Lacey councilman seeks House position

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.

Christian Hill: 360-754-5427