- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - State Sen. Bruce Dammeier has announced he will be leaving the state Senate at the end of his current term and will be running for Pierce County executive in 2016.

The Republican from Puyallup told The News Tribune newspaper (https://is.gd/bZEvpX ) he won’t run for re-election to the Senate next year. His four-year Senate term expires at the end of 2016.

The former naval officer has been a leader in the Republican Senate majority, especially on education policy issues and the Legislature’s response to the 2012 Washington Supreme Court decision on education funding.

Dammeier is in the middle of his first Senate term. He previously served two terms in the state House, as well as eight years on the Puyallup School Board.

Pierce County Councilman Rick Talbert, a Democrat from Tacoma, also is running for Pierce County executive.

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Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com


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