Lawmakers endorse Svoboda


All four state House members representing the Twin Harbors have united behind Katie Svoboda, who would be first female county prosecutor in the history of Grays Harbor County.

“Katie’s born and raised on the Harbor and has dedicated herself to keeping our community safe,” said Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, chairman of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee. “I know she’ll help move the Harbor forward because she and her family have strong roots here. She’ll help make this a better place for families and a horrible place for criminals.”

Blake’s seatmate in the 19th District, Rep. Dean Takko, D-Longview, joined him in his endorsement. The representatives from the 24th District, Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, and Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-Dungeness, also endorsed Svoboda.

“As a firefighter, I know how police, prosecutors and first responders have to work together and trust each other to keep our citizens safe,” said Van De Wege, majority whip in the House. “My district includes a good portion of Grays Harbor and I know Katie has built strong ties with law enforcement throughout the county.”

Recently retired prosecutor Stew Menefee has given his endorsement, saying, “Katie will make us proud.”