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Field to run for Parker’s seat

Ian Field, who until two days ago was U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' press secretary, said Wednesday he will run for the Legislature.

Field announced he will seek the 6th District House seat being vacated by Kevin Parker, who announced Tuesday he will not run for re-election. Like Parker, he's a Republican.

At 26, Field would be among the youngest members of the House. In his announcement, he tried to capitalize on his youth, saying "millennials know our two biggest challenges are quality education and fostering new jobs and economic growth." He said he wanted to "find solutions that work for our community without political grandstanding."

He said  he has the endorsement of Parker and another former McMorris Rodgers staff member, Spokane Mayor David Condon.

Candidates officially file for office the week of May 16. The race for the 6th District House seat position 1 already has a Democratic challenger, Lynnette Vehrs, director of professional development at the Washington State University-Spokane College of Nursing.

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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