Election night doubles as birthday party for Angel

Contributing writerNovember 5, 2013 

Jan Angel, republican candidate for the State Senate in Washington's 26th District gathers with supporters including Tonia Olson at the Canterwood Golf and Country Club, in Gig Harbor, November 5, 2013.

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The election party for State Senate candidate Jan Angel had a double meaning Tuesday night.

Family, friends and supporters gathered near Gig Harbor at Canterwood Golf & Country Club in celebration of Angel’s election bid and an early birthday party.

Angel, who turns 67 on Thursday, said she was first elected to public office 13 years ago on her birthday as a Kitsap County Commissioner.

The Senate race was close Tuesday night, with Angel clinging to a slight lead over Democrat Nathan Schlicher in the 26th District race

Angel’s twin 14-year-old granddaughters gave her a present to start the night. Angel visited Washington, D.C., with her granddaughters recently and they visited the Hope Diamond. Tuesday, Angel’s granddaughters gave her a Hope Diamond ring to bring her luck.

“With hope we are on our way,” Angel said.

Angel wore the ring on her index finger and hopes to raise it in a motion of number one after being declared victorious.

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