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Wagoner announces bid for secretary of state

State Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, officially announced his candidacy for Washington secretary of state today.

“Now more than ever, it is imperative the people of Washington state have confidence in our institutions and the officials overseeing them,” said Wagoner. “I am seeking this office to continue the legacy of free and fair elections, facilitate improvements where needed, and to provide balance and accountability for the people of our state. We have one of the most accessible, inclusive election systems in the country -- but must continue to strive for improvement.”

Known for his bipartisan work in the legislature, Wagoner intends to emphasize transparency and responsiveness to the people while working with the legislature to restore and improve voter confidence in our system.

“Without confidence in the system, voters will self-suppress and voter turn-out will suffer; we can do better. I also want people to remember the secretary of state position isn’t just about elections; there are other very important duties; registration of corporations, LLCs and non-profits and managing the state archives and state library. I have the leadership skills and experience to oversee all aspects of this office,” Wagoner said.

Wagoner has served the 39th legislative district in the state senate since his appointment in January 2018 after serving two years as mayor of Sedro-Woolley. He is the Senate Republican Whip and serves on the Senate’s Ways and Means and the Law and Justice committees. He is also the ranking Republican on the Behavioral Health subcommittee.

After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in physical oceanography, Wagoner earned his master’s degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego. Wagoner then served 23 years in the Navy. He retired in 2007 and returned to Skagit County. Wagoner and his wife Wen live in Sedro-Woolley and have three adult children.

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