Washington Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, is recuperating from having his left knee replaced on Oct. 27.
Haler is challenged by Tri-City businessman Steve Simmons to represent the state’s Eighth Legislative District in Olympia.
Haler’s campaign staff stated the procedure was performed in the Tri-Cities and includes physical therapy.
Haler and the challenger in the Nov. 8 general election. It is a tense race centered on Haler’s last-minute “no” vote on a $16 billion transportation package funded by a hike in the gasoline tax.
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Simmons and his wife own the Country Gentleman restaurant and catering business.