First, the good news for everybody: Federal Way state Rep. Roger Freeman says he is "well along the road to recovery" from cancer.
Now, the good news for Republicans: Freshman Democrat Freeman says he will run for re-election to the House, not for the Senate.
That leaves Democrats still looking for a candidate for Senate against Mark Miloscia, the former lawmaker and former Democrat seeking a political comeback as a Republican.
If Miloscia can take departing Democrat Tracey Eide's Senate seat, it will make it that much more likely Republicans can consolidate their control of the Senate.
Just as importantly for Federal Way, Milton, Algona, Pacific and the rest of the 30th District, Freeman plans to return to what will likely be a continued Democratic majority in the House. He doesn't yet have a GOP opponent.
In a news release, he said: "I am well along the road to recovery and I am thankful to God and the people of the 30th helping me through this difficult time. I will pay them back 10-fold by working hard and standing up for them in the Legislature."
For the district's other House seat, Democrat Roger Flygare has filed campaign-disclosure paperwork for a potential rematch with Republican Rep. Linda Kochmar.
Here's Freeman's full release:
Roger Freeman to Seek Reelection to the State House Federal Way -- Roger Freeman announced today that he will seek a second term to the State House of Representatives in the 30th Legislative District. Freeman said “It has been an honor to serve the people of the 30th experience to work on behalf of ordinary citizens and get things done on their behalf. When I ran for the Legislature two years ago, I said I wanted to be an advocate for regular people in Olympia and that’s exactly what I’ve tried to do.”
Representative Freeman hosted several casual town hall meetings around the district to hear from citizens on issues they would like to see addressed by the Legislature. “One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most is getting around the district and listening. The average citizen doesn’t have a high-priced lobbyist they can send down to the Legislature, but they have me and I take that responsibility seriously,” said Freeman.
Some of Freeman’s Legislative accomplishments include securing job-creation money to help build the Performing Arts and Conference Center in Federal Way’s downtown business core, a Community Center in Algona for senior and youth programs, important repairs to the Senior/Activity Center and Police Department in Milton, and important updates to Triangle Park to assist people with disabilities.
Supporting first responders has also been a major focus for Representative Freeman. Last session, he passed legislation to ensure firefighters and police officers who are catastrophically injured in the line of duty receive the necessary ongoing medical treatment that they deserve and this session he is working for tough new penalties for drivers who put the public at risk by alluding police.
The past months have not come without a few bumps in the road however. Early last year, Freeman was diagnosed with cancer and has undergone aggressive treatment while performing his duties in the House. “No one wants to hear that news, but I have emerged as a stronger and better person because of it. The well wishes and prayers from family, friends, and community members were awe-inspiring. I am well along the road to recovery and I am thankful to God and the people of the 30th helping me through this difficult time. I will pay them back 10-fold by working hard and standing up for them in the Legislature.”
Freeman is looking forward to running an aggressive campaign that brings his message to the doorsteps of voters. “I plan on taking my message of common sense to the doorsteps of voters and I will work hard to earn their trust and support,” said Freeman.
Roger Freeman has worked as an attorney in King County for the last 19 years. He is a former Federal Way City Councilmember and Human Services Commissioner. Roger and his wife Sonya have two children attending Federal Way schools. Roger is engaged in the community serving as a youth mentor, classroom volunteer, and active member of his church.