La Center public relations consultant Ann Rivers will join the growing group of candidates vying for the 18th Legislative District seat currently held by Rep. Jaime Herrera, R-Camas.
Herrera announced last week that she will seek the 3rd Congressional District seat presently held by U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, D-Vancouver, who will not seek re-election in 2010.
Rivers, a Republican, has been a resident of the 18th District, which includes portions of both Clark and Cowlitz counties, for more than 14 years. Having lived in both counties, she said, she knows the needs of the district’s residents.
“I’m still very passionate about changing the direction that we’re headed in,” she said. “Specifically in the 18th, we need to address our high unemployment rate. I’m seeing the pain out there. My main focus is going to be putting people back to work.”
Rivers said she would focus on economic development and on requiring state government to make sacrifices in order to live within its means. “It’s not just about cost-saving measures in government,” she said. “It’s about finding ways to allow the people to keep more money in their pockets.”