Vancouver teaching coach Monica Stonier will make a second attempt at becoming state representative of the 17th District, but she won’t face the same opponent again.
Stonier, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully in 2010 against Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver. This time, she’s running for the other 17th District representative position being vacated by Rep. Tim Probst, D-Vancouver.
Stonier is seeking election because “I have the background and experience to lead the fight to get kids ready for jobs that compete in the global economy,” she said in a Sunday news release announcing her candidacy. “I believe bringing jobs to Clark County rather than more taxes will get this economy back on track.”
Stonier described herself as fiscally conservative. She is running on a similar platform to Probst, and she said it would be a detriment for the state House of Representatives to lose Probst without gaining another lawmaker who shares his accessibility to constituents and his focus on workforce development.
“Our career and technical training in our schools has got to be better aligned with what the jobs in our community are demanding,” she said by phone Monday.