UPDATE: Malcolm Russell announces campaign for 28th District House (but not necessarily the suddenly open seat)
UPDATE _ Malcolm Russell’s campaign adviser Alex Hays says he may not run for the open seat but might file against Democratic incumbent Tami Green.
“The release from Malcolm did not specify a seat – deliberately.
“Paul Wageman may move over to the open seat (he has yet to decide) and if he does, Malcolm will run against Tami.”
Here is the original post…
A Pierce County planning commissioner today became the first candidate to respond to this week’s surprising news that Troy Kelley would run for state Auditor.
Malcolm Russell of Lakewood announced that he would seek the seat in the Washington House of Representatives that Kelley will vacate. That is position No. 1 from the 28th Legislative District.
Russell will run as a Republican.
“The recent special session shows us how dysfunctional the majority Democrats have become, unable to adopt reasonable reforms and balance a state budget,” Russell said in an announcement Friday. “Olympia is broken and our only hope of repairing state government is to elect centrist leaders willing to make tough decisions.”
Russell said his priorities will be public education, government reform and promoting local job creation.
“We deserve a well-run, efficient government that is more innovative and spends tax dollars wisely,” said Russell.
Russell is a member of the Lakewood Public Safety Advisory Board, is the chair of the Pierce County Planning Commission and the new president of Keep Lakewood Beautiful. He previously served on the Tacoma Planning Commission.
Russell’s great grandfather is architect Ambrose Russell, his grandfather is Admiral James Russell (USN) and his father his Captain Ken Russell (USN).
Here is Russell’s statement Read more »