- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

GIG HARBOR, Wash. (AP) - Former Democratic Rep. Larry Seaquist has announced he will run for state superintendent of public instruction.

The Kitsap Sun reports (https://goo.gl/X7ptJ7 ) Seaquist announced his run Thursday after saying in October he would explore the idea when incumbent Randy Dorn announced he would step down.

A former Navy officer, Seaquist served four terms as a lawmaker in Olympia and led the House Higher Education Committee before losing his seat last year.

Seaquist says education in this election cycle is the most important issue facing the state and he’d like to help lead the state in a healthier direction.

Seaquist joins three other candidates in the race: Democratic Rep. Chris Reykdal, of Tumwater; Tacoma Public Schools official Erin Jones; and Gilbert Mendoza, a deputy superintendent in the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.


Information from: Kitsap Sun, https://www.kitsapsun.com/

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