Politics & Government

Music teacher Irene Bowling trying again for Legislature

A Bremerton music teacher who lost one of the state’s most expensive legislative battles of 2014 is running for office again.

Democrat Irene Bowling, a concert pianist and music instructor, is challenging state Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn in November.

Bowling, 58, previously ran against state Sen. Tim Sheldon, a Democrat from Potlatch who caucuses with Senate Republicans. She lost that matchup in 2014 by 9 percentage points, after the candidates and independent groups spent a combined $1.8 million on the race.

In a news release, Bowling said she is running again partly because she is frustrated with the Legislature’s slow progress on school-funding issues. She said she also wants to work to preserve natural resources.

Griffey, 45, defeated longtime state Rep. Kathy Haigh, D-Shelton, in a close race two years ago. The career firefighter unseated Haigh, an eight-term incumbent, on his third attempt.

Melissa Santos: 360-357-0209, @melissasantos1