Puyallup Republican Melanie Stambaugh is challenging Rep. Dawn Morrell for her state House seat.
Stambaugh, 23, would be one of the youngest lawmakers if elected in November. "I kind of thought, why do I need to wait when I can make an impact now," she said.
Stambaugh, her mother and sister are "confidence coaches" who lead workshops on such topics as leadership, public speaking, job searches and standing up to bullying. They co-own a company, You Impression.
According to her news release, Stambaugh helped create a local program, March Gladness, that connects students to community service projects. As a senior at Emerald Ridge High School, she was the 2009 Daffodil Queen.
The 25th District includes Puyallup and Fife. Morrell is the lone Democrat representing the swing district that also has a Republican House member and senator. Here's Stambaugh's news release.
Melanie Stambaugh Launches Campaign for State House of Representatives Small business owner and Puyallup native Melanie Stambaugh announced she is running for the State House of Representatives for the 25th District. Her focus when elected will be education, jobs, and transportation.
Puyallup, WA – Small business owner and life-long Puyallup native Melanie Stambaugh announced her candidacy for State Representative in the 25th District.
Stambaugh said, “I’m running for the legislature because I believe in funding schools first, making it easier to create jobs, and finally completing Highway 167.” She is a Republican.
Stambaugh has already received the endorsements of 25th District legislators Senator Bruce Dammeier and Representative Hans Zeiger.
Dammeier said, “I’ve known Melanie Stambaugh for years. She’s a passionate advocate for schools and a proven community leader.“
Zeiger said, “Melanie Stambaugh is a smart, energetic community leader with a serious commitment to education. We need Melanie in Olympia.”
Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Puyallup, Jan Mauk said, “Melanie Stambaugh was a driving force that has helped create March Gladness. From her days as a student, through her continued leadership as an adult, she has helped make this event a success in our community.” March Gladness is a program that connects more than 13,000 students to community service projects in the Puyallup area.
Melanie and her family own You Impression, a small business specializing in community, career and personal development services. She leads the business’ anti-bullying workshops for schools and provides career mentoring to college students.
Melanie is active in the Puyallup community; she serves on the board of Communities In Schools of Puyallup and the Daffodil Scholarship Foundation. Previously, Melanie worked as a Research Assistant for the Washington Policy Center, and was named a Generation Liberty Fellow by the State Policy Network. She graduated from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and was the 2009 Daffodil Festival Queen.
Melanie is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and plays percussion in the South Sound Symphonic Band; she is particularly known for playing the marimba. The Stambaugh’s attend Puyallup Foursquare Church.
Voters can learn more at www.MelanieStambaugh.com