Restaurateur Monique Trudnowski to run for state House

Staff writerDecember 12, 2013 

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Monique Trudnowski chats with customers in Adriatic Grill which she owns with her husband, "Chef Bill" Trudnowski (left) and another partner. June 27, 2013 Peter Haley / Staff photographer

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Tacoma restaurant owner Monique Trudnowski announced Thursday she is running for the state House in 2014, looking to fill an open seat in the 28th Legislative District.

Trudnowski, a Republican, will seek the House seat now occupied by Tami Green, D-Lakewood. Green isn't seeking re-election to the House, as she plans to challenge appointed state Sen. Steve O'Ban, R-University Place, for a spot in the Senate.

Trudnowski and her husband Bill co-own the restaurant Adriatic Grill, which they opened by the Tacoma Mall in February 2008. Trudnowski, 38, is also chairwoman of the Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau and a member of the Tacoma Public Utilities board. (You can read a recent News Tribune Q & A with Trudnowski here.)

Trudnowski said Thursday she is running for office partly because she thinks the state places too many regulations on small businesses.

"Every year that we’ve been in business it's become harder and harder," Trudnowski said. "I want to be an advocate for small business owners everywhere."

The 28th District Democrats announced last month that two Democratic candidates will also run for the House next year, one for Green's vacant seat and one against appointed Republican incumbent Dick Muri. John Connelly, a Lakewood native, said he would run for one of the seats. Also announcing was Lakewood City Councilwoman Mary Moss.

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