The Washington State Republican Party submitted the following nominees, in order of its preference, for a replacement for State Rep. Gary Alexander, who vacated his seat in the 2nd Legislative District after losing a bid for Thurston County Auditor in November.
*Matt Hamilton of Graham. He has been chair of the Graham Land Use Advisory Commission.
*Graham Hunt of Orting. He is an Orting City Council member, and owns an insurance agency.
*Andrew Barkis of Olympia. He co-owns a property management firm and is former president of the Lacey Chamber of Commerce. He made an unsuccessful challenge against Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero in 2012.
The Thurston County Board of Commissioners and the Pierce County Council will announce the appointee during a joint meeting at 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at the DuPont City Hall, 1700 Civic Dr., DuPont.