GOP to select three Angel seat candidates
Republicans plan a vote Dec. 4 as the first step in picking a new state House member to replace Jan Angel.
Candidates have started lining up for the 26th District seat, which is open after Port Orchard Rep. Angel won a special election to the Senate this month.
The appointment won’t change the political makeup of the House, which is controlled by Democrats by a 55-to-43 margin. By law, someone from Angel’s party — Republican — must be appointed to replace her.
That appointee will serve a year and then could run in next November’s election for a full two-year term representing the area from Bremerton to the Tacoma Narrows bridges.
But first, local GOP officials must pick a slate of three nominees at their meeting in Port Orchard. The slate then goes to the Pierce County Council and Kitsap County commission for a joint decision.
Seeking the seat are Jesse Young, a former candidate for Congress and business consultant from Gig Harbor; Spencer Hutchins, a real estate broker who helped run Angel’s fundraising operation in her race against Sen. Nathan Schlicher; and Doug Cloud, a Gig Harbor lawyer who has run for the 6th Congressional District seat five times.
First-term Port Orchard City Councilwoman Cindy Lucarelli, a nonprofit director, said she is considering running.