A former Idaho state lawmaker wants the same job in Washington.
Branden Durst announced Monday he is challenging a fellow Democrat, Rep. David Sawyer of Parkland.
In Idaho, Durst served two terms in the House and part of a Senate term. He resigned in 2013 after splitting time between Boise and the Seattle area where his wife had moved, according to news reports.
It’s rare – but not unprecedented – for a former member of one state’s legislature to win election to another state’s legislature.
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Durst, a consultant, said in his announcement he would focus on education and reforming campaign finance and the courts, and would pursue “social service partnerships.”
“Engaging our non-profit and faith-based partners in social services will increase effectiveness and reduce costs to taxpayers. Mental health, substance abuse and poverty must be a top priority in Olympia and we need help from wherever we can get it,” Durst said in his announcement.
Democrats tend to have a strong advantage in the 29th District that includes parts of Tacoma, Lakewood, Parkland, Spanaway and Frederickson.