One of Franklin Countys top elected leaders is considering running to replace longtime U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Pasco, who is retiring.
Commissioner Brad Peck announced Saturday that he has taken the necessary steps to establish an exploratory committee to assess the merits of formally entering the race to succeed (Hastings).
I have carefully considered the many personal and professional implications of seeking this office. I believe I offer a wide range of professional skills and experience directly relevant to the people and interests of the 4th District, he said in a statement.
Peck, 55, became a county commissioner in 2009. He also is chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party and is on the executive board of the Washington State Republican Party.
He served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, retiring in 2003 as a lieutenant colonel, and went onto spend about six years at Energy Northwest. He also is known for purchasing and restoring the historic Moore Mansion in Pasco.
Peck has a bachelors degree in mass media from Central Washington University and a master of science degree from Eastern Washington University.
Hastings announced this week that he wont run for re-election this fall. Four others also have announced interest in his seat: state Sens. Sharon Brown of Kennewick and Janéa Holmquist Newbry of Moses Lake, both Republicans; Republican Dan Newhouse, former director of the state Department of Agriculture; and Josh Ramirez, a Washington River Protection Solutions project control specialist, wholl run as an independent.