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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Sandra Romero, Thurston County Commission Chair, 360-786-5440
Douglas Richardson, Pierce County Council Chair, 253-798-3308

Thurston and Pierce County Leaders Choose Legislative Appointee
Barkis replaces Graham Hunt in the 2nd legislative district

DuPont - Saying it was a difficult choice to make, members of the Pierce County Council and Thurston County Commission today voted to appoint Andrew Barkis to fill the 2nd legislative district seat vacated recently by Graham Hunt. The decision came after they heard from all three candidates followed by extensive review and deliberation.

Barkis was one of three candidates put forth by the Washington State Republican Party as nominees. The other two candidates were Amy Cruver of Eatonville and Kerry Hooks-French of Frederickson. Barkis is an Olympia resident and is the owner of Hometown Property Management. He is a graduate of Seattle University and ran for the Thurston County Commission in 2012.

Thurston County Commission Chair Sandra Romero says all three candidates presented strong qualities and would be a good fit for the 2nd district seat, but Barkis stands out. "Andrew is always willing to work with others and always has a positive attitude. He is also a quick study. In the legislature it seems like there's a new issue every 15 minutes and you have to be able to process that information. And I know that Andrew can do that."

Pierce County Council Chair Douglas Richardson says "On behalf of my Pierce County Council colleagues, I'd like to thank the three candidates who expressed interest in serving the residents of the 2nd District. We were fortunate to have a talented group from which to select and I congratulate Representative Andy Barkis on his appointment."

Barkis was given the oath of office by Lakewood Municipal Court Judge Grant Blinn, immediately after the announcement was made. Barkis will have to go before voters in the August primary if he wants to serve out the final two years of Graham Hunt's term.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3