First Secretary of State Sam Reed retired and state Sen. Jim Kastama announced a 2012 run for the job. Then state Rep. Bruce Dammeier announced he would run for Kastama’s Senate seat. Now Dammeier’s House seat is drawing attention.
Former University of Washington and professional football player Dane Looker says he will run for the House in 2012 as a Republican.
Looker, 35, volunteers as a football coach at Puyallup High School, where he played before a career in college and in eight NFL seasons, mainly with the St. Louis Rams.
Looker lives in the Summit-Waller community. He is scrapping a campaign for school board to run for the open seat in the 25th District, which includes Puyallup, Fife and Milton.
Here’s his news release:
Community volunteer and former NFL player Dane Looker announces run for State House, suspends Puyallup School Board campaign; Can do more for schools as state legislator
PUYALLUP—Today former Puyallup High School, University of Washington and NFL wide receiver Dane Looker announced that he is running for State Representative in the 25th District, Position 1. He will file paperwork with the Public Disclosure Commission indicating his intention to seek election to the House seat being vacated by Rep. Bruce Dammeier (R-25) in 2012. Looker will run as a Republican.
Looker had filed to run for Puyallup School Board, but decided to suspend his campaign believing a seat in the state legislature will put him in a better position to improve our local schools.
“I filed for Puyallup School Board to address the serious problems brought about by decreased funding and increasing class sizes,” Looker said. “As a school board member I could help address the symptoms of these cuts, but as a state legislator I can help solve the core problem.”
“Last week, my wife and I welcomed our fourth child, Tate,” Looker said. “As Tate grows up, I want him to have the opportunity to attend the best schools in the country, and I believe we can achieve that here in Washington State.”
Looker is a fourth generation Puyallup area resident who grew up working in his father’s local construction business. He was an All-State football player at Puyallup High School, and then spent two years playing basketball at Western Washington University before walking on to the University of Washington Football team, where he led the Huskies in receiving his junior year. Looker went on to play eight seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions.
Looker is also a committed community volunteer, working with kids inside and outside the classroom. He serves as a volunteer football coach at Puyallup High School, basketball coach at Rogers High School, classroom assistant, and Parent-Teacher Association member.
Additionally, Looker has participated in a number of charitable/non-profit organizations, including: the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Emerging Leaders Initiative, Urban League, Project Angel Tree, National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Walker Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders, and others.
Looker and his family reside in the Puyallup area. His wife of 11 years, Amy, teaches and coaches in the Puyallup School District.