Breaking news: Rep. Jason Overstreet has decided not to run for reelection. In a statement he put out on facebook last night, Overstreet explained,
“It’s time for me to spend more focused time with my growing family, raising them in the fear and admonition of The Lord, counseling them as they grow in character, and instructing them in the principles of freedom.”
In his place, former Chair of the Whatcom Republicans and former vice-chair of the state Republicans, Luanne Van Werven will run for the 42nd seat vacated by Overstreet. She says, also in a statement online, that she will focus on, “our quality of life.”
This last minute switch came as a surprise to many political observers, myself included, who had expected Overstreet to continue his rather flamboyant career as a state legislator.
More details to come.