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Riley will take another run at a 49th District seat

first_imgRepublican Craig Riley, a Vancouver insurance and investment adviser, said Monday he will seek the 49th District seat to which Democratic Rep. Sharon Wylie was appointed April 13. Last year, Riley received nearly 47 percent of the general election vote in his effort unseat the other 49th District representative, Democrat Jim Moeller. He is the first candidate to announce he will challenge Wylie, a former local government lobbyist, in this year’s special election to fill the second year of a two-year term representing the 49th District. Jim Jacks resigned in the middle of the session and said he subsequently underwent treatment for alcoholism.In her April 13 interview with Clark County commissioners, Wylie said she intends to run for the seat in this year’s special election. If more than two candidates file, the top two primary will be held Aug. 16. Riley, 60, said he decided to run because of the Legislature’s “lack of progress” on passing a state budget and because of Wylie’s vote against a bill to restructure the state workers’ compensation system.“One party controls all three branches of state government, but they can’t pass a balanced budget on time,” he said in a statement. “They simply haven’t addressed the core issues of the mess we are in. A prime example is the lack of progress on workers’ compensation reform. In her first day on the job, Sharon Wylie voted against real reform and that vote will slow job growth in Vancouver.”Riley said he will hold a campaign kickoff at the end of May.last_img read more

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