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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

First stop to the majority as Hickel joins House Republican caucus

‘One down, two to go’ says King County chair as party ramps up for 2016

Bellevue, Wash. – In advance of state Representative-elect Teri Hickel’s swearing in ceremony to the state House of Representatives, King County Republican Party chair Lori Sotelo, called Wednesday’s event at the State Capitol the “first stop to the House majority,” as Republicans continue to defeat Democrats in swing districts by decisive numbers.

“The trend in King County swing districts is undeniable,” said Sotelo, “Voters are trending to Republican candidates who present a positive vision for the future. Teri embodies that new leadership and voters rewarded her with a near 10 percent victory.”

Sotelo added that the common thread for defeat in top legislative races has been big, union-backed candidates. “Losing Democrat candidates are defending bigger government with public union money and they’re losing by big margins in King County swing districts,” Sotelo said.

Sotelo cited the strong victories in 2014 for state Sen. Andy Hill, R-45, and challenger Mark Miloscia in the 30th Legislative District that gave Republicans an all-out majority in the state Senate as more evidence that voters are trending toward Republicans in King County.

“Democrats are on the wrong side of history by fighting against progress,” said Sotelo, “Whether it’s school choice and public charter schools, job creation, tolls and traffic congestion relief, King County voters have shown they agree with Republicans on expanding school choice for families and commonsense solutions for traffic relief.”

In what was the state’s most expensive House race in history, “both political parties pulled-out all the stops,” Sotelo added. Chairman Sotelo plans to attend the swearing in ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 1:30 p.m. in the state House of Representatives chambers and is available for comment. She can be reached at (425) 990-0404.

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