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Former Bothell mayor announces gubernatorial run

If elected, Joshua Freed vowed to donate his salary as governor to homeless shelters and drug rehabilitation facilities.
Credit: Joshua Freed
Joshua Freed, former Bothell Mayor and Councilmember, announced his campaign for Washington Governor.

BOTHELL, Wash. — Former Bothell mayor and real-estate developer Joshua Freed says he's running for governor.

In a video announcement released Friday, Freed says he'll focus on homelessness, government transparency and opposition to a state income tax. 

He joins three other Republicans who have said they are running against Democratic incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee: Loren Culp, the police chief of Republic; state Sen. Phil Fortunato of Auburn; and Anton Sakharov, a Maple Valley program manager.

If elected, Freed vowed to donate his salary as governor to homeless shelters and drug rehabilitation facilities. A Republican has not won a gubernatorial race in Washington state since 1980.

Inslee recently dropped his presidential bid and announced he was running for a third term.

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