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Stokesbary launches campaign for 31st District state Representative


Auburn Republican Drew Stokesbary is running for the open seat in the state House of Representatives for the 31st Legislative District.

The House seat, which represents the district that spans east Pierce and King counties, is open because Enumclaw Rep. Cathy Dahlquist is challenging incumbent Pam Roach (R-rural Auburn) for the Senate.

Stokesbary, who works as a policy aide for King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer, has helped organize numerous town halls in the district on such topics as property taxes, combating domestic violence and preventing identity theft.

“I’ve been a life-long grassroots activist for the cause of limited government. Olympia needs more legislators who believe limited government is good government,” Stokesbary said.

Stokesbary will campaign on supporting local schools, promoting jobs and small business and defending property rights.

Rep. Linda Kochmar (R-Federal Way) praised Stokesbary.

“Olympia needs bright young conservatives like Drew Stokesbary to help us balance the budget and hold the line on taxes,” Kochmer said. “His legal experience will be very helpful as we work to improve legislation.”

Added Sen. Joe Fain (R-Auburn): “Our state needs the next generation of leadership to step forward. Drew’s public service experience and his deep ties to our community make him uniquely qualified to take on this responsibility.”

Stokesbary, 29, graduated from Duke University with a degree in economics and earned his law degree from the University of Notre Dame.

He and his wife are expecting their first child in May. They enjoy home improvement projects, hiking and cooking together. The Stokesbarys attend Mars Hill Church.

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