A Republic, Wash., property rights advocate wants to replace retiring 7th District state Rep. Steve Fuhrman.
Bob Sump, 55, said he will seek the Republican nomination this fall to replace Fuhrman, a fellow Republican from Kettle Falls, Wash.
“I am running because I believe the size of government must be reduced,” Sump said. “We are overgoverned, overregulated and overtaxed. And that comes courtesy of a government that is hundreds of miles away and a world apart in thinking.”
Sump is chairman of the conservative Ferry County Action League and a member of the Ferry County Cattlemen’s Association.
He also is co-chairman of the Ferry County Citizens for Property Rights. That organization campaigned unsuccessfully last year in support of Referendum 48, which would have compensated property owners for government restrictions on land use.
A heavy equipment mechanic for Echo Bay Minerals in Republic, Sump has not previously run for public office. He and his wife, Brenda, have three children and four grandchildren. , DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: Photo