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Former Thurston County Sheriff Snaza runs for state Legislature!

Sheriff John Snaza speaks at a press conference Thursday morning outside the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia. Credit: The Chronicle (Centralia)

Former Thurston County sheriff files to run for Legislature

Excerpt from The Chronicle (Centralia):

John Snaza, the former sheriff of Thurston County, will vie for a seat in the Washington state Legislature.

Snaza, a Republican, was among four candidates who filed with the secretary of state’s office to represent the 2nd Legislative District during filing week. The district stretches from Yelm to Mount Rainier National Park.

“I’ve spent my career protecting and serving the people of Thurston County,” Snaza said in a news release announcing his campaign. “I want (to) continue that service on a broader scale, advocating for policies that prioritize the safety and well-being of our community.”

Democrats Michael Holloman and Yanah G. Cook and Republican Matt Marshall have also filed to run for the seat.

The four will not face an incumbent, as Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, will not seek reelection. Wilcox, the former Republican House leader, announced plans to retire from the Legislature after 14 years. According to Snaza, Wilcox has endorsed his campaign.

Rep. Andrew Barkis, who has represented the second district since 2016, is unopposed in his reelection campaign.

First elected as sheriff in 2010, Snaza was reelected in 2014 and 2018 before losing in 2022 to current Thurston County Sheriff Derek Sanders. Snaza is the twin brother of Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza.

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