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State Rep. Hans Zeiger announces state Senate candidacy

Rep. Hans Zeiger, R-25
Rep. Hans Zeiger, R-25 Courtesy

State Rep. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup, has proudly served his hometown in Olympia for the last five years, and hopes to continue that in 2016, as he announced last week his candidacy for the 25th District seat in the Washington State Senate.

His announcement follows Sen. Bruce Dammeier’s, R-Puyallup, decision to run for Pierce County Executive in 2016.

“I’ve enjoyed my time in the house,” Zeiger said. “It’s been really rewarding, but when opportunities like this one come along, I decided the state Senate would be an exciting place to bring my house experience to.”

Zeiger is building his campaign off of advice he first received after being elected to the house in 2010: that politics center around building relationships.

“Joyce McDonald, Pierce County Councilor District 2, told me, ‘relationships are more important than politics,” the Puyallup native said. “That’s something I’m carrying with me into this campaign. The opportunity to build relationships is in essence the campaign. I’m anticipating a serious campaign, and am enlisting the help of friends and supporters.”

After a successful legislative session that included passing a bill to complete state Route 167 to Tacoma, Zeiger is hopeful to continue that success to the state Senate.

“We can’t rest on our laurels,” the third generation Puyallup resident said. “We have to push for infrastructure funding in the South Sound.”

With the population in the 25th District hovering around 137,000 people, Zeiger has his work cut out for him to go out and personally ask for votes from constituents. It’s a time commitment he hopes will pay off with a win come Nov. 2016.

“It takes a lot of work, but it’s enjoyable,” he said. “It’s a privilege to represent and serve them.”

Should Zeiger not win the state Senate race, he says he would still proudly serve his community through Puyallup Cares, and his country with the Air National Guard’s 194th Regional Support Wing out of Camp Murray.

“Public service is an adventure and a privilege,” Zeiger said. “If I wasn’t successful, life would still go on. There’s plenty of other ways to serve the community.”

Zeiger recently married his wife, Erin, and says she has been nothing but supportive and understanding with his campaign launch.

Since he was first elected five years ago, Zeiger has fully immersed himself in the legislative process, and plans to continue that into the state Senate.

“There’s always more to do and more to learn,” he said. “I am accessible for people to share their ideas with me. People shouldn’t shy away from contacting me.”

To contact Zeiger, call 253-840-4526 or email hans.zeiger@leg.wa.gov.