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Former mayor announces gubernatorial run

September 6, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Former Bothell mayor and real-estate developer Joshua Freed says he’s running for governor.

The Seattle Times reports that in a video announcement Friday, Freed says he’ll focus on homelessness, government transparency and opposition to a state income tax. He joins three other Republicans who have said they are running against Democratic incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee: Loren Culp, the police chief of Republic; state Sen. Phil Fortunato of Auburn; and Anton Sakharov, a Maple Valley program manager.

If elected, Freed vowed to donate his salary as governor to homeless shelters and drug rehabilitation facilities. A Republican has not won a gubernatorial race in Washington state since 1980.

Inslee recently dropped his presidential bid and announced he was running for a third term.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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