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Republican: Consensus forming around Rep. Dan Kristiansen as successor for Richard DeBolt

House Republicans could pick a new minority leader May 10, and their interim leader says a “pretty good consensus” is forming around Rep. Dan Kristiansen.

Interim leader Joel Kretz of Wauconda said he would back Kristiansen and would seek to serve as deputy leader if the Snohomish legislator is elected. That’s the same role Kretz played under Rep. Richard DeBolt, who stepped down as leader last week citing health problems.

Kristiansen, first elected in 2002, serves in what’s usually the No. 3 slot as caucus chairman.

Another legislator saying he will support Kristiansen is Rep. J.T. Wilcox of Yelm, who rose quickly to become House floor

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State Rep. DeBolt resigns post as minority leader; will finish House term

By Melissa Santos and Jordan Schrader

Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, announced Wednesday he is stepping down as House minority leader after a health emergency kept him home for a week.

DeBolt will finish the remainder of his two-year term, he said Wednesday, but not as leader of the House Republicans. Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, will step into the leadership role for now, DeBolt said.

DeBolt formally announced his decision Wednesday morning on the House floor.

“I’m not leaving, I’m just changing roles for a while,” he said.

According to a news release from DeBolt’s office, the lawmaker “had a medical

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