Two weeks ago, John Boerger, member of the Lake Stevens School District’s Board, announced that he would no longer be running against Rep. Mike Hope, Lake Stevens, in the election for the 44th District’s State representative’s seat in this year’s campaign leaving Hope unopposed in the election.
However, Everett resident Dick McManus has announced he will be running a write-in campaign in that same position.
McManus has stated that he is a Democrat and that he is running this campaign out of a sense of duty. “I believe it is my civil duty to stand up for the rule of law—Honor, duty, country,” he said in a statement. McManus also stated that someone needed to run against Hope.
“There appeared to me like no one was going to run against Mike Hope and because I think anyone who calls themself a Republican now, is an extremist,” he said.
McManus has served in both the U.S. Army and National Guard and received a psychology degree from the University of Washington in 1975. He is also a retired Community Transit driver. His name will not appear on the November ballot.