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County Commissioners appoint Representative Drew Hansen as 23rd District Senator 8/23/2023

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners appointed State Representative Drew Hansen Aug. 23 to fill the vacancy of State Senator representing the 23rd Legislative District. Representative Hansen replaces Christine Rolfes who resigned from the position with her appointment as Kitsap County Commissioner June 5.

Rep. Hansen has represented the 23rd District since 2011. He said he is deeply honored and grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the community in the Senate. The date of his swearing in will be announced at a later date.

Kitsap County Commissioners conducted interviews with three top candidates nominated by Kitsap County Democrats to fill the vacated Senate seat. In addition to Rep. Hansen, those included Brynn Felix and Chris Cancialosi.

“The Democratic Party sent us really superb, qualified candidates and we had meaningful conversations with each of them,” said Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Board of County Commissioners. “Drew has a proven track record of improving the life of citizens and will continue the great work of former Senator Rolfes, working across the aisle for Kitsap County.”

With Rep. Hansen’s appointment to the Senate, Kitsap Democrats will begin the process to fill the seat he vacates in the House of Representatives and forward three candidates to County Commissioners, who will conduct interviews and make an appointment to fill the position. The timeframe is yet to be determined.

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