Three candidates have filed to challenge Rep. Dawn Morrell, including a newcomer to the race who is running as an independent.
Brian Shaner, who will be listed on the ballot as “Prefers Independent Party,” is a business owner from Puyallup.
Shaner says on his website he founded Eyedeel, a media arts company. He calls for lower taxes and a smaller state budget.
Republicans Hans Zeiger and Steven Vermillion have also filed to take on Morrell, whose position as House Democratic Caucus chairwoman makes her Pierce County’s highest-ranking House member. It’s a swing district that bears watching for voters’ reaction to Morrell’s support of this year’s new taxes.
UPDATE 6/10: A second self-declared independent candidate has joined the race. Larry Johnson filed Wednesday night.