Rolfes gets a Republican challenger

Republican Mark Lowe, 43, is running for the legislative seat held by state Rep. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island.

Lowe, who recently retired from the Navy after 24 years, works as a security analyst and manger for McLaughlin Research Corp., he said.

Lowe said his three priorities in Olympia would be taxes, transportation and education.

“Every dollar that a person makes should be valued,” Lowe said. He said politicians haven’t been listening to the people who vote for them. “They all just feel like they’re being taxed to death. Nobody in Olympia cares about what they want.”

Kitsap gets little transportation attention and schools need to focus on core subjects, not teach to the WASL, Lowe said.

Lowe and his wife, Rebecca, live in East Bremerton with their son Garret, 11.