Sequim, WA – Clallam County Commissioner and State Representative-elect Steve Tharinger has released the following message:

“My opponent in the race for the 24th District’s second State Representative seat, Jim McEntire, has conceded. I commend him for a well-run, vigorous campaign. It is with great pleasure and humility that I thank the voters of the 24th District for entrusting me with the great responsibility of being their new representative in Olympia. I could not be more honored to be the successor of the great Lynn Kessler, whose distinguished service on behalf of our local communities will always guide and inspire my own conduct in Washington’s House of Representatives. 

I am very proud of the sort of campaign we ran and the message we spread across the 24th District, so I would like to thank everyone who made it possible. First and foremost, I must once again thank the voters of the 24th District for their belief in me. Next, I must thank my wonderful campaign staff, from my campaign manager Sam Gibboney on down to all of the campaign’s tireless staff members and volunteers. This victory would not be possible without the support, friendship, and counsel of Lynn Kessler and Kevin Van De Wege. Last but not least, I must thank my wonderfully supportive wife Yvonne and the rest of my friends and family for standing by me through this long campaign.”