Local Business Owner, Former Gig Harbor City Councilmember Running for Open House Seat
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2022 – Spencer Hutchins announced today that he is running for the Washington State House of Representatives. The open 26th District seat is currently held by Rep. Jesse Young, who is running for the State Senate. Hutchins has been a resident of the Kitsap Peninsula all his life and is co-owner of a local real estate company.
“It would be the honor of a lifetime to serve our community,” he said. “As a parent, business owner, and lifelong member of our community, I feel an obligation to step forward. Our state faces daunting challenges, and I am focused on working for a brighter future for us all.”
Hutchins, who served on the Gig Harbor City Council from 2017-2019, expressed gratitude for the support he has received from local leaders, including endorsements by State Reps. Michelle Caldier and Jesse Young and former State Senator Jan Angel who represented the 26th District in the legislature from 2009 to 2019.
“I have personally known Spencer for over 15 years, and I have found him to be one of the most honorable men I know,” Angel said. “He is honest, trustworthy, kind, very considerate and a great listener—all traits that will make him an outstanding representative of the people.”
Hutchins said, “I am truly humbled by the strong support we have received. Our campaign has incredible momentum behind us.”
Hutchins emphasized that the state must change course. “I am running because regular people are feeling more and more that the state doesn’t value what is important to us and doesn’t understand our needs,” Hutchins said.
When it comes to fiscal issues, Hutchins said the legislature is not listening to the people it represents. At a time when the state government has brought in record tax revenue, while many have struggled under difficult pandemic conditions, Hutchins said citizens shouldn’t be forced to pay even more. “Voters have consistently said no to new taxes, but the legislature keeps stacking them up,” Hutchins said. “I will push to eliminate irresponsible taxes and reduce the burden on all of us.”
On community safety, Hutchins called for common sense policies. “Anyone can see that crime is on the rise, and we know why. Seattle defunded first responders, and the state government has hampered them from doing their jobs,” Hutchins said. “People are asking themselves: does this feel like the home I know and love? It doesn’t seem like it.” He said the state must give back to law enforcement the tools they need to protect our communities.
Hutchins, a Republican, lives in Gig Harbor with his wife Christie and their two children, Rory and Sabrina.
Elections for the Washington State Legislature take place this year. The primary election will be held on August 2, and the general election will be held on November 8.