Democrat to run for Hastings' seat

By The Tri-city HeraldApril 8, 2014 

Estakio Beltran, a former staffer for Sen. Maria Cantwell, plans to kick off his campaign for the congressional seat of U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings on Thursday in Yakima.

Beltran, a Democrat, plans a rally from 3 to 5 p.m. at Millennium Plaza at East Yakima Avenue and Third Street. He is expected to be joined by Mary Stephenson, chairwoman of the 4th Congressional District Democrats, and Jorge Espinoza, radio host for La Estacion de la Familia.

Five other Democrats are also considering joining the race, including Tony Sandoval of Yakima; Tony Williams of Yakima; Gary Downing, an artist from Kennewick; Dr. Mohammad Said, a physician from Ephrata; and Joe Buchanan, a mechanical engineer from Terrace Heights, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported.

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