Gig Harbor emergency room doctor Nathan Schlicher will try to return to the Legislature.
Democrat Schlicher won appointment to a Senate seat last year after Derek Kilmer left for Congress. But Republican Jan Angel defeated him in an expensive special election last November.
He announced Thursday he would seek Angel's former House seat this November. Gig Harbor Republican Jesse Young was appointed to that seat in January.
Schlicher took a pass on a rematch with Port Orchard's Angel for Senate. Another Democrat, Judy Arbogast of Olalla, is now challenging Angel.
Arbogast spent decades as a teacher in the South Kitsap School District until her recent retirement. She was the president of the South Kitsap teacher's union.
Arbogast said the "dysfunction" in the Senate, controlled by 24 Republicans and two breakaway Democrats, prompted her run.
Both House and Senate positions represent the 26th District, running from the west side of the Tacoma Narrows bridges to Bremerton.
Here's Schlicher's announcement. (Arbogast plans to make an official announcement next week.)
Gig Harbor-Emergency room doctor and small business owner Nathan Schlicher announced today he will run for the State House of Representative Position 2.
“Like so many of you, I’m tired of the gridlock and bickering in Olympia. As an ER doctor, I’ve spent my life fixing problems, using resources wisely, and findings ways to do more with less. That is the common sense approach to getting things done I’ll bring to Olympia.” Schlicher said. “We are seeing big changes in our health care system in Washington State, yet we still have career politicians in Olympia that have not cared for patients making important decisions that affect all of us. We need someone who understands how these laws affect patients and providers and has a record of success in fixing healthcare. That’s why I’m running,” said Schlicher. Currently, Nathan is the Associate Director for the TeamHealth National Patient Safety Organization, responsible for patient care quality across the 7000-provider company. He practices emergency medicine at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma, WA.
He was appointed last year to the State Senate after Derek Kilmer was elected to the U.S. Congress. He immediately went to work finding millions in savings on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and throughout the ferry system to save our local ferry runs. He also designed the renowned ER is for Emergencies program that saved the state 33.6 million dollars last year alone.
Nathan has lived around the Puget Sound, growing up in Bemerton, graduating from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, and attending the University of Washington School of Law and School of Medicine in Seattle.
Nathan Schlicher was born and raised in Bremerton and now lives with his wife Jessica and three children in Gig Harbor. He serves on multiple boards dedicated to patient advocacy, volunteers at the Key Peninsula Free Clinic, and is active in the Gig Harbor United Methodist Church.