UPDATE 4 p.m.: Choiniere’s campaign e-mailed me to say its original news release was in error and Kelley had “not yet” endorsed him. But Kelley told me by text the original news release WAS correct; however, he said, he has “not yet” endorsed Choiniere. He’s been busy traveling around the state.
Huh? A closer look at the release: It refers to a SENATE, not a House endorsement. “Representative Kelley endorsed Choiniere for his State Senate campaign and encouraged him to run newly open seat.” (sic)
ORIGINAL BLOG POST:
The University Place city councilman is now seeking the seat opened by Rep. Troy Kelley’s decision to run for state auditor, and he enters the race with Kelley’s endorsement.
Choiniere, a Democrat, had been preparing to challenge Republican Sen. Mike Carrell – but Carrell, a 17-year veteran of Olympia, says he is running again and Democrats now have to play defense on Kelley’s seat.
Choiniere starts with endorsements from both the centrist-to-conservative Kelley and the more liberal Rep. Tami Green. It sets up a potential race in the 28th district — one of the state’s more evenly divided swing districts, centered on Joint Base Lewis McChord — between Choiniere and either the Clover Park School Board’s Paul Wagemann or Pierce County planning commissioner Malcolm Russell.
Here’s the news release:
University Place City Council Member Eric Choiniere Announces Campaign for 28th DistrictOpen Seat
Army Veteran, husband and father will run for seat being vacated by State Rep. Troy Kelley
UNIVERSITY PLACE— City Councilmember, Army veteran and military health care professional Eric Choiniere who has been running for 28th District State Senate today announced he will be running for the open seat being vacated by State Rep. Troy Kelley.
According to Choiniere, “Troy Kelley has been a great champion for our district and will be missed in the House. I am honored to have this opportunity to continue his work and ensure a Democratic voice for this seat.”
Representative Kelley endorsed Choiniere for his State Senate campaign and encouraged him to run newly open seat.
Choiniere has also earned the support of State Representative Tami Green. Green said, “It has been an honor for me to serve the 28th District with Troy Kelley helping create opportunity for all our families. I know that Eric Choiniere shares that same commitment and I look forward to working with him in Olympia.”
Choiniere will be officially kicking off his campaign April 17th at the University Place Environmental Services Building (9850 64th St W) from 5:00 7:00pm. All are welcome to attend.
For more information, please visit www.EricFor28th.com.