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Boucher endorses Lytton for 40th District state representative | 40th District state House, Position 1

Thomas Boucher, former candidate for the 40th District position being vacated by retiring Rep. Dave Quall, has endorsed fellow Democrat Kristine Lytton.

“I was able to spend a lot of time with Kristine and her family over the long primary campaign and witnessed firsthand someone who is ready to be a leader for the 40th District,” Boucher said in a press release. “Kristine’s dedication to the children of the state of Washington and education is unquestioned, but it is her commitment to fiscal responsibility and a plan for job growth that really impressed me.”

Lytton, a Democrat and president of the Anacortes School Board, topped the field of nine candidates with 8,804 votes in the Aug. 17 primary. Republican Mike Newman, a Mount Vernon real estate agent active in community activities, placed second with 5,825. They advance to the Nov. 2 general election. Boucher, a Democrat and former legislative and congressional aide, finished fifth with 2,681 votes.

“Kristine separated herself in the eyes of voters by working hard and taking a tough stand on the issues, and voters responded by giving her nearly 3,000 more votes than her nearest competitor and a nearly 10 percent point lead in a very, very crowded field,” Boucher said.

“Kristine and I share a lot of the same values and I look forward to working with her to ensure that she is elected in November. She will be a champion for the 40th District and our diverse communities.”

Lytton said she was "extremely pleased" to have Boucher’s endorsement: “I have considered Thomas a friend and inspiring colleague who has taught me much about the way local, city and federal governments can better work together to conquer the high unemployment rate in our area.

“I feel honored to have his support even before the election is certified, and I look forward to keeping him on my speed dial list for years to come."

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