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Walsh won’t seek reelection

Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-16

WALLA WALLA, Washington — Washington state Sen. Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Walla) has told local media she will not seek re-election when her term ends on Jan 11, 2021.

Walsh, who lives in College Place, represents the 16th Legislative District, which encompasses Columbia and Walla Walla counties and parts of Benton and Franklin counties.  She joined the Senate in 2017.  Walsh began her service as a legislator in the state House in 2005 and before then served the district as legislative assistant to former Rep. Dave Mastin.

In a prepared statement, Walsh said she’s ready to move on to the next phase of her life.

“I will have had a long and wonderful 28-year career in the state Legislature,” she stated. “I’m honored that the people of the 16th District have allowed me to represent them in Olympia all these years.”

Former Walla Walla County Commissioner Perry Dozier and two-term State Rep. Bill Jenkin (R-Prosser) have both announced their intentions to vie for Walsh’s seat.

Editor’s note: This post was updated Thursday at 6:52 p.m. to correct the end of Walsh’s current term and to add a statement from her official announcement.

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