Democrat makes bid for Angel’s seat

A Gig Harbor teacher announced she is running for the Legislature in the 26th District and will challenge Jan Angel for her seat. Karin Ashabraner, a Democrat who teaches U.S. History to 8th graders, made the announcement Wednesday.

The Position Two race is expected to be a rematch between Larry Seaquist, the Democratic incumbent, and Doug Richards, a South Kitsap fire captain.

Ashabraner’s press release follows.

Gig Harbor – Gig Harbor teacher Karin Ashabraner announced today she will run for State  Representative from the 26th Legislative District, Position One. This is the position currently held by Rep. Jan Angel.

“We simply need stronger leadership in Olympia. Our persistent high unemployment rates on the Peninsula are unacceptable. Too many of our friends and family are facing tough economic situations that demand bold action. I’m ready to step up and get results,” said Karin Ashabraner.  “We need to do a better job of helping small businesses get through this tough time,”
added Ashabraner

Karin Ashabraner has lived in Gig Harbor for over 40 years. After working at the City of Gig Harbor, Karin returned to school to pursue her teaching degree. She currently teaches 8th grade US History at Goodman Middle School in the Peninsula School District. Karin is also a retired member of the Army Reserves.

“With so much talk about education from K-12 to our colleges and universities, it’s surprising that there are no teachers in the legislature. I’d be excited to bring real classroom experience to! these policy discussions in Olympia,” said Ashabraner.

Karin Ashabraner currently lives in Gig Harbor, Wa and attends Gig Harbor United Methodist Church.  This is her first campaign for public office.

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