Neither Rep. Larry Haler of Richland nor Rep. Brad Klippert of Kennewick is headed to the state Senate. Going instead is their fellow Republican: Sharon Brown, an attorney who has been on the Kennewick City Council since 2009 and now serves as the city’s mayor pro tem.
The Tri-City Herald has the story.
Jerome Delvin of Richland, who is leaving the Senate after being elected to the Benton County Commission, helped pick his replacement. Monday’s unanimous vote by Benton County commissioners followed a winnowing by the Benton County GOP, which interviewed six candidates and forwarded three.
According to the Tri-City Herald, party officials said Brown had registered in a past election as a Democrat. During her interview for Delvin’s position, she defended her Republican identity by pointing out that she was selected to introduce former presidential candidate Rick Santorum and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at campaign events in 2012.
She also said she’s pro-gun, a member of the National Rifle Association, and against same-sex marriage and abortion.