MOSES LAKE -- A 37-year-old general contractor from Moses Lake has announced his candidacy for a seat in the state House being vacated by Republican lawmaker Bill Hinkle of Cle Elum.
Kaj Selmann, a Democrat, announced his candidacy Monday in an email to the media.
Hinkle, who held the position for 10 years, is not seeking another term in the 13th Legislative District, which spans Kittitas, Grant and upper Yakima counties.
Selmann stated in his email that the railroad needs to be re-emphasized "as a future economic driver" and that a line into the Port of Moses Lake should be constructed.
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His other priorities include a continued effort to diversify business and industry in the region, protect natural resources, expand the agriculture industry and related businesses, and assure that state regulatory agencies "have proper oversight of their own practices."
Selmann isn't the only one interested in the seat.
Matthew Manweller, Kittitas County GOP chairman and Central Washington University political science professor, has announced that he will run for the position.
Selmann, who is married with three children, was raised in Kenmore, and worked at a local horse boarding facility while he attended CWU.
In addition to his construction company, Selmann has a toner recycling business and a publishing and printing company.