County commissioners from the counties within the district will vote to select Ian Elliot, Danny Stone, or Alex Ybarra for the post. We sat down with all three Republicans to discuss their ambitions and qualifications.
Whoever is chosen must get a running start: The Jan. 14 selection takes place the same day Washington’s Legislature comes back into session for 2019.
• Ian Elliot, 72, a former King County state lawmaker, has lived in Kittitas County since 2004. He most recently represented Kittitas County on the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.
• Danny Stone, 61, a wheat farmer in Lincoln and Grant counties, is also a former pastor. He previously ran for state House’s 12th district seat, and served as a precinct committee officer for the Grant County Republican Party.
• Alex Ybarra, 56, a Quincy native who worked as an engineer and scientist with the Rocket Research Company in Redmond. He now serves on the Quincy School Board and is its legislative representative, serves as board director for the Washington State School Board Association, and was appointed by the governor to the state Commission on Hispanic Affairs.
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