Dentist Michelle Downey Caldier is running for the state House, she announced Thursday.
Caldier will run as a Republican against Rep. Larry Seaquist, assuming the Democrat chooses to run for a fifth term.
The 26th District runs from Bremerton to the Tacoma Narrows bridges. Caldier said she lives in Port Orchard.
The owner of Kenmore-based Golden Age Dentistry, which treats the elderly in nursing homes, Caldier is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington Dental School. She has chaired a committee of the Seattle-King County Dental Society and lobbied in the Legislature to restore cuts to dental care, she said.
Her announcement Thursday focused on her experience in medical care, where she said Medicaid should be made more efficient by reducing red tape, and in higher education, where she criticized soaring tuition.
“People in our community are losing some of the opportunities I had,” she said of college. “That is not right. It kills the dreams of parents and students.”