Weyerhaeuser relative joins race to replace Dicks

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A political newcomer who is a Weyerhaeuser descendant has joined the crowded race to replace U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks.

Republican Bill Driscoll said Monday that he will run for Congress. He contributed $500,000 to his campaign.

The News-Tribune says (http://bit.ly/Jy1KJf) Driscoll is the great-great-grandson of company founder Frederick Weyerhaeuser. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan after a career in the timber industry.

Democratic Sen. Derek Kilmer and at least five Republicans are competing to represent Washington's 6th District. The candidates include David Eichner, who founded ICAN Software Corp.; Stephan Brodhead, a former Boeing engineer and real-estate investor; Jesse Young, a business technology consultant; and Doug Cloud, an attorney.

Dicks announced in March that he'll retire at the end of the year after 18 terms in Congress.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com