Not yet a week after the election, the battle lines are already starting to be drawn for a key race next November.
Yes, it’s just one of 49 state Senate seats, but expect this one to be hard-fought and expensive because the state Senate is so closely divided between the parties and because the 26th district is a true swing district, electing Democrats like Sen. Derek Kilmer and Republicans like Rep. Jan Angel.
Angel, a former Kitsap County commissioner and a Port Orchard resident fresh off re-election to her House seat, today declared her intention to run for the seat Kilmer is giving up to go to Congress.
She’ll face an appointed incumbent, perhaps one of seven Democrats who have been mentioned as possible successors to Kilmer.
Here’s her news release:
Rep. Jan Angel to run for State Senate seat to be vacated by Kilmer
State Representative Jan Angel announced today that she will run in an upcoming special election for the open Senate seat vacated by Derek Kilmer, who was recently elected to the US Congress.
Angel, who won re-election last week with more than 59% of the vote, said her priorities remain unchanged.
“People need good jobs available to them,” said Angel. “We all need to be able to pay our bills and provide for our families.”
Angel said she will continue her work for a top-notch education system, funding education first as our priority.
“All of this must be done under a balanced, sustainable budget,” said Angel. “And that means having a conversation across the aisle that will yield bi-partisan solutions.”
As a legislator, Jan Angel has received numerous awards for her record on job creation and supporting small business. The National Federation of Independent Business awarded her the “Guardian of Small Business Award” for her 100% pro-jobs voting record while the Association of Washington Business has awarded her the prestigious “Cornerstone Award” every year she has served.
Rep. Angel brings a unique perspective to public service with more than 30 years of business experience and eight years in local government as a Kitsap County Commissioner.
She has served four years as Ranking Member of the Local Government Committee and has served two years each on Early Learning and Children’s Services, K-12 Education Policy, Higher Education, Transportation and Rules Committee.
Angel lives in Port Orchard and has lived and worked in the 26th District since 1983. She is married to Lynn Williams and they share three daughters, a son, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.