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STATE REP. HANS DUNSHEE TO GO AFTER SEAT ON COUNTY COUNCIL
December 23, 2015
(SNOHOMISH, WA.) -- Back in September Rep. Hans Dunshee (D-Snohomish), who's been in the state legislature for 20 years, was elected as new chair of the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives.
State Rep. Hans Dunshee.
He replaced the previous budget chair, Rep. Ross Hunter, who left the Legislature to take a job with the state.
“It’s humbling to be chosen for this job,” said Dunshee at that time. “Writing the state budget is about more than numbers. It’s about great public schools and universities for our kids, health care for seniors and the disabled and making sure citizens across the state get the services they need.”
But in politics time changes everything and timing is indeed everything.
Dunshee now plans to run for a seat on the Snohomish County Council in 2016. He's going for the seat that will be vacated by Democrat Dave Somers when he takes office as county executive this month.
It's a sweet gig Dunshee is after. Pays just a bit over $111,000 a year not including benees, according to the latest pay scales.
Hard to find that kind of dough schlepping around in Olympia as a part timer or working at Lowe's Home Center. We're pretty sure Walmart doesn't pay that well either.
Ergo, thank God for the generous American taxpayer there are still a few good jobs left in the country, even though the word in tech circles is there will soon be an app for the iPhone that eliminates all council jobs everywhere. (Working title of the in-development, still secret app is "Uber Politico")
Three candidates will be nominated by the Democratic party to replace Somers and the County Council will then choose among the three who gets the job.
Published reports say Snohomish Mayor Karen Guzak, county planning commissioner Guy Palumbo and State Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens also may be contending for the gig.
Whoever gets it, besides sittin' in high cotton money wise will need to run a campaign in November of next year to serve out the final year of Somers' council term.