Senator announces candidacy for Hastings seat

Geoff Folsom, Tri-City HeraldFebruary 19, 2014 

Janea Holmquist Newbry, a Republican state senator from Moses Lake, announced her candidacy Wednesday for the U.S. House seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Doc Hastings.

"The battle for our country is real," Holmquist Newbry said in a news release. "I feel compelled that it's my duty to continue my efforts to fight for the future of our state and nation. The stakes are just too high."

Holmquist Newbry was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2001, and became the youngest woman elected to the state Senate in 2006 at age 31.

She is an insurance consultant who has sponsored bills in Olympia that would reform workers compensation and set up a "training wage," below the state minimum wage, for teen workers.

She has been named Legislator of the Year by the Washington Farm Bureau, the Association of Washington Business and the National Federation of Business.

Holmquist Newbry would fight for private-sector job creation, gun rights and against President Obama's "bloated bureaucracy" in health care, she said.

"In Congress, I will continue to protect you, your wallets and your rights," she said.

Holmquist Newbry lists among her endorsers Yakima Mayor Micah Cawley, Rep. Gary Condotta, R-Wenatchee, and Rep. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake. Among endorsers with Tri-City ties are Basin Disposal President Darrick Deitrich, The Country Gentleman restaurant owner Steve Simmons, former Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce chairwoman Toby Bouchey and former Pasco mayor Joyce Olson Mathews, who now lives in Virginia.

Other Republicans who have announced their candidacies for Hastings' 4th Congressional District seat include Eltopia farmer and former pro football player Clint Didier, Franklin County Commissioner Brad Peck, and Ephrata artist and filmmaker Gavin Seim. Independent Josh Ramirez of Pasco, a Washington River Protection Solutions project control analyst, has also said he is running.

State Sen. Sharon Brown of Kennewick, former state Department of Agriculture director Dan Newhouse and Kennewick attorney George Cicotte have said they are interested.

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