Republican Paul Wagemann is indeed bowing out of a rematch with Democratic state Rep. Tami Green to run for the open seat created by her seatmate’s decision to try for state auditor.
Wagemann, Lakewood real-estate developer with a business and military background, made the decision official in a release this afternoon. “With Rep. Troy Kelley’s recent decision to not seek reelection, I believe it is in the best interest of my campaign and my constituency to seek election in the district’s open legislative seat,” he said.
We had an inkling that might be the case. When Pierce County planning commissioner Malcolm Russell announced earlier this month that he’d be running, Russell was careful to not specify which House seat he would seek – apparently to allow Wagemann his pick of the two 28th District races.
Wagemann’s decision leaves Russell, a fellow Republican, to go up against Green, a Lakewood Democrat. Wagemann will face University Place city councilman Eric Choiniere, a Democrat.