An Auburn Republican who works as an aide to King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer has entered the race to replace Rep. Cathy Dahlquist.
Drew Stokesbary announced Thursday he's running for the state House.
The House seat represents the 31st District spanning east Pierce and King counties is open because Enumclaw's Dahlquist is challenging fellow Republican Pam Roach for Senate.
Stokesbary, a lawyer and conservative activist, is also a state lawmaker's son-in-law. His wife, Ashley, is Rep. Mark Hargrove's daughter.
Jonathon Dunn, a Democrat and a consultant to hospitals and clinics for training on diagnostic testing methods, announced Wednesday he would run for the House.
Both candidates are young. Dunn is 24; Stokesbary is 29.
Here's his news release:
Republican Drew Stokesbary Launches Campaign for State House of Representatives Auburn, WA – Republican Drew Stokesbary announced he is running for the open seat in the State House of Representatives for the 31st District. He is an attorney and works for King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer as a policy aide. He has helped organize numerous town halls in the district on topics including property taxes, combating domestic violence and preventing identity theft. Announcing his campaign, Stokesbary said, "I've been a life-long grassroots activist for the cause of limited government. Olympia needs more legislators who believe limited government is good government."
Stokesbary will campaign on supporting our local schools, promoting jobs and small business, and defending property rights.
Representative Linda Kochmar praised Stokesbary, “Olympia needs bright young conservatives like Drew Stokesbary to help us balance the budget and hold the line on taxes. His legal experience will be very helpful as we work to improve legislation.”
Senator Joe Fain said, “Our state needs the next generation of leadership to step forward. Drew’s public service experience and his deep ties to our community make him uniquely qualified to take on this responsibility."
Stokesbary’s legal career has focused on helping small businesses and startups cope with government overregulation. “It shouldn’t take an attorney to get a small business off the ground,” said Stokesbary. “As a legislator, I’ll work to make it easier to create new jobs by streamlining regulations.”
Drew graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and earned his law degree from the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife Ashley live in Auburn, and the couple is expecting their first child this May. They enjoy home improvement projects, hiking and cooking together. The Stokesbarys attend Mars Hill Church.