Race shaping up for Jan Angel successor

Staff writerDecember 3, 2013 

UPDATED 1:15 p.m. to reflect Terry Lee deciding against a run.

Local Republican Party officers could have six choices Wednesday when they meet to nominate three people for GOP Rep. Jan Angel's state House seat.

The meeting, at 7 p.m. at the Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave. in Port Orchard, sets up an appointment by the Pierce County Council and Kitsap County commission. Angel won a Senate seat in November.

Some of the contenders emerged early on but more names have become public since then. Gig Harbor filmmaker Adam Berman says he is running.

Doug Richards and Duane Hatch are also in the race now, Pierce County Republican Party Chairman Bob Lawrence said.

Hatch is a retired Navy captain involved with the state Rifle and Pistol Association. Richards, well known among local Republicans after running for the House in 2010 and 2012 unsuccessfully, is a firefighter with South Kitsap Fire and Rescue.

Attorney Doug Cloud, real-estate agent Spencer Hutchins and consultant Jesse Young remain candidates.

At least three others who were considering seeking the seat have also bowed out. Former Pierce County Councilman Terry Lee told Republican leaders Tuesday he would not run. He said he wants to devote his time to the parks district he directs.

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