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Carson Republican Hannah Joy to seek 17th Legislative District House seat, Position 2

She aims to focus on wasteful spending, housing, forests

By Dylan Jefferies, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 1, 2024, 6:07am

Carson Republican Hannah Joy announced last week she is running to represent the 17th Legislative District, Position 2, in the state House of Representatives.

Joy lost a 2022 bid for the Position 1 seat during the primary in the race to succeed Republican Rep. Vicki Kraft.

Her campaign will address wasteful spending in government, the affordable housing crisis, forest management practices and the protection of small businesses, according to a news release.

“I am honored for the opportunity to run as a representative in one of the most beautiful districts in the state, the Columbia River Gorge,” Joy said. “Drawing on my political experience, I am committed to preserving the values of Washington families and ensuring their voices are heard in Olympia.”

Joy’s background is in grassroots advocacy. She serves as chair of the Developmental Disability Advisory Board spanning Klickitat and Skamania counties and as the former state director of operations for Let’s Go Washington, the organization behind six Republican-backed citizen initiatives that appeared before the Legislature this year.

She is a Skamania County Republican Central Committee member, and she currently serves as Region 3 representative on the executive board of the Washington State Republican Party. Additionally, Joy co-founded the Skamania Observer newspaper, which ceased publication last year.

“(Joy’s) six years of experience in politics have well-prepared her to tackle the challenges of a legislative role with the same dedication,” the news release states. “A mother of six and the wife of a veteran, Joy deeply understands the challenges facing Washington families today.”

To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/RealHannahJoy/.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Hannah Joy is running to represent the 17th Legislative District, Position 2, in the state House of Representatives, and that she currently serves as chair of the Developmental Disability Advisory Board.

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