Learn to trust the Cola: As we reported last week, Jessyn Farrell, former director of the Transportation Choices Coalition and a former spokeswoman for Pierce Transit, is running to fill the 46th District state house seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney. Farrell told us her her two biggest “motivating factors” are the need for more alternative transportation advocates in Olympia, and the fact that many female legislators are retiring. “Maybe it’s time for new faces to step up,” Farrell says.

In a statement today, Farrell said women need "champions" in Olympia "who will stand up and defend our rights and freedoms for family planning and health care access,” said Farrell. “At the federal and state level, we are seeing threats to our progress and a slow erosion of our rights.  I’ll bring needed new energy and conviction to this fight.” 
Other potential candidates in the 46th include two candidates who sought appointed to the house seat formerly occupied by then-Rep. David Frockt, who moved to the senate to replace Scott White, who died suddenly last year: Union leader Dusty Hoerler, and Sarajane Siegfriedt, a Democratic activist. Environmental activist Gerry Pollet, who ultimately won the appointment to Frockt's old seat, is being challenged by Sylvester Cann, a former White aide who came in second during the 46th District Democrats' nomination process. According to campaign reports at the Public Disclosure Commission, Cann had raised about $31,000 and has about $25,000 on hand as of the end of February; Pollet had raised $1,200.
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