Just days after incumbent Rep. Connie Ladenburg announced that she would not seek another term in the state House of Representatives, David Sawyer announced that he hopes to replace her.
Sawyer, who works for Ladenburg Law in Tacoma as a clerk, is the first to declare in the district that has been controlled by Democrats since the Great Depression.
Sawyer has been active in politics for several years, helping the Barack Obama campaign in Iowa in 2008. In a statement released today, Sawyer said he is running “to bring jobs, justice and the American dream back to the 29th Legislative District by ending illegal home foreclosures and exploring innovative job creation techniques.”
“The challenges facing the people of the 29th Legislative District—from job security to home values—demand focus and action. Few areas in the state have been hit harder by the struggling economy,” said Sawyer.
He noted that the district historically has the lowest voter turnout in Washington.
“At the very core of Washingtonians is a sense of idealism and hope for the future. The challenges we are facing in Olympia are incredible, but every generation has faced adversity with a sense of purpose and come out stronger as a result,” he said. “With a great struggle comes a great opportunity to build a future even better than those before us envisioned. I believe Washington will come out of our current economic crisis stronger than we were going into it, and we will be and ready to put people back to work and prepared for the jobs of the future.”
Sawyer serves on the board of the Pierce County Young Democrats and the E-board for the 29th Legislative Democrats. Currently the vice president of Ladenburg Law: Governmental Affairs, Sawyer is studying to be a lawyer and works as a law clerk at Ladenburg Law. Here is his campaign website.
Connie Ladenburg will instead seek a seat on the Pierce County Council.