OLYMPIA -- RepublicanJeff Baxter will run in this year's special election in an effort to keep the state Senate seat he now holds by appointment.
Baxter announced today that he will seek election to the Spokane Valley's 4th Legislative District seat. He was appointed to the post earlier this year by Spokane County commissioners after Sen. Bob McCaslin announced his resignation after 30 years because of health problems.
Immediately after taking office, Baxter said he was uncertain whether he would run for the post later in the year: "I just got here. Give me a couple days or weeks." Tuesday he said he was "committed to continuing to represent Spokan County residents during this challenging time.
Baxter, 50, is a Spokane Valley businessman who owns three companies connected to bank cards.
Already in the race is Mike Padden, a former state representative and former Spokane County district judge.