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Gig Harbor teacher Karin Ashabraner will challenge Rep. Jan Angel in 26th District

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Feb. 15, 2012 at 11:09 am | No Comments »
February 15, 2012 5:24 pm

A Gig Harbor middle school teacher will run as Democrat against two-term Republican Rep. Jan Angel.

Karin Ashabraner said today she will make her first run at public office and will run as Democrat.

“We simply need stronger leadership in Olympia,” Ashabraner said in her announcement. “Our persistent high unemployment rates on the Peninsula are unacceptable. Too many of our friends and family are facing tough economic situations that demand bold action. I’m ready to step up and get results.”

Karin Ashabraner

Ashabraner is a 40-year peninsula resident who went back to school to get an education degree after working for the City of Gig Harbor. The retired member of the U.S. Army Reserves teaches U.S. History at Goodman Middle School.

“With so much talk about education from K-12 to our colleges and universities, it’s surprising that there are no teachers in the Legislature. I’d be excited to bring real classroom experience to! these policy discussions in Olympia,” said Ashabraner.

Here is Ashabraner’s announcement:

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Gig Harbor – Gig Harbor teacher Karin Ashabraner announced today she will run for State Representative from the 26th Legislative District, Position One. This is the position currently held by Rep. Jan Angel.

“We simply need stronger leadership in Olympia. Our persistent high unemployment rates on the Peninsula are unacceptable. Too many of our friends and family are facing tough economic situations that demand bold action. I’m ready to step up and get results,” said Karin Ashabraner. “We need to do a better job of helping small businesses get through this tough time,”
added Ashabraner

Karin Ashabraner has lived in Gig Harbor for over 40 years. After working at the City of Gig Harbor, Karin returned to school to pursue her teaching degree. She currently teaches 8th grade US History at Goodman Middle School in the Peninsula School District. Karin is also a retired member of the Army Reserves.

“With so much talk about education from K-12 to our colleges and universities, it’s surprising that there are no teachers in the legislature. I’d be excited to bring real classroom experience to! these policy discussions in Olympia,” said Ashabraner.

Karin Ashabraner currently lives in Gig Harbor, Wa and attends Gig Harbor United Methodist Church. This is her first campaign for public office.

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