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UPDATE: Malcolm Russell announces campaign for 28th District House (but not necessarily the suddenly open seat)

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on April 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
January 28, 2013 6:30 pm

UPDATE _ Malcolm Russell’s campaign adviser Alex Hays says he may not run for the open seat but might file against Democratic incumbent Tami Green.

“The release from Malcolm did not specify a seat – deliberately.

“Paul Wageman may move over to the open seat (he has yet to decide) and if he does, Malcolm will run against Tami.”

Here is the original post…

A Pierce County planning commissioner today became the first candidate to respond to this week’s surprising news that Troy Kelley would run for state Auditor.

Malcolm Russell of Lakewood announced that he would seek the seat in the Washington House of Representatives that Kelley will vacate. That is position No. 1 from the 28th Legislative District.

Russell will run as a Republican.

Malcolm Russell

“The recent special session shows us how dysfunctional the majority Democrats have become, unable to adopt reasonable reforms and balance a state budget,” Russell said in an announcement Friday. “Olympia is broken and our only hope of repairing state government is to elect centrist leaders willing to make tough decisions.”

Russell said his priorities will be public education, government reform and promoting local job creation.

“We deserve a well-run, efficient government that is more innovative and spends tax dollars wisely,” said Russell.

Russell is a member of the Lakewood Public Safety Advisory Board, is the chair of the Pierce County Planning Commission and the new president of Keep Lakewood Beautiful. He previously served on the Tacoma Planning Commission.

Russell’s great grandfather is architect Ambrose Russell, his grandfather is Admiral James Russell (USN) and his father his Captain Ken Russell (USN).

Here is Russell’s statement

Malcolm Russell announces for the State House

Pierce County Planning Commissioner Malcolm Russell announced his candidacy for the State House of Representatives for the 28th Legislative District.

Lakewood, WA – Pierce County planning commissioner Malcolm Russell today announced he will run for the State House of Representatives in the 28th District.

“The recent special session shows us how dysfunctional the majority Democrats have become, unable to adopt reasonable reforms and balance a state budget. Olympia is broken and our only hope of repairing state government is to elect centrist leaders willing to make tough decisions,” said Russell.

Russell currently serves on the Lakewood Public Safety Advisory Board, he is the chair of the Pierce County Planning Commission, and the new president of Keep Lakewood Beautiful. He previously served on the Tacoma Planning Commission.
Russell is a fourth generation resident of Pierce County. His great grandfather was noted architect Ambrose Russell, his grandfather Admiral James Russell (USN) and father his Captain Ken Russell (USN).

Russell’s priorities in the State House will be public education, government reform and promoting local job creation. “We deserve a well-run, efficient government that is more innovative and spends tax dollars wisely,” said Russell.

Malcolm Russell graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Washington. Malcolm has several years of both executive and nonprofit management experience. He and his wife have been small business owners in both Tacoma and Lakewood.

The 28th LD includes Lakewood, University Place, Steilacoom, DuPont, McNeil & Anderson Islands, and portions of Tacoma, Fircrest and Pierce County.

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