A Democrat has stepped forward to challenge Alex Ybarra for his 13th District state representative seat. Steve Verhey, chairman of the Kittitas County Democrats, is Ybarra’s only challenger, so the two will face off in the November election. Ybarra was appointed to the position prior to the start of this year’s legislative session as a replacement for fellow Republican Matt Manweller.
Manweller was re-elected in November but promised to step aside under a cloud of accusations of inappropriate behavior toward women. The winner will serve out the one year remaining on Manweller’s term. The district covers parts of Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln and Yakima counties.