Mike Sando, a government and history teacher at Enumclaw High School and currently a member of the Enumclaw City Council, said today he will run for the state House of Representatives as a Democrat.
The position representing the 31st District will be open this fall because Rep. Cathy Dahlquist, R-Enumclaw, is running instead for the district's Senate seat.
“Too many of the challenges I’ve seen in local government and as a teacher come from the partisanship and bickering in Olympia. I decided to run because like so many of you I’m frustrated by the gridlock in our state capital,” Sando said in his announcement statement.
Sando said he thinks it is important to bring a teacher's perspective to decision making regarding school funding and meeting the Supreme Court's mandate in the McCleary decision.
Sando was a planning commission member before joining the city council. He also is involved in Little League baseball and is an assistant coach for the high school track team.
He was an aide to former state Sen. Val Loveland, D-Pasco, before becoming a teacher. Sando and his wife Erin live in Enumclaw with their two children.