Stinson would be youngest lawmaker ever if elected

A story in the University of Washington “Daily” student newspaper said that Bill Stinson, a 20-year-old political science major endorsed by the King County GOP, was challenging Islander Judy Clibborn, who has held the position since 2003.

However, King County Elections indicate that Stinson will run against first-term lawmaker, Tana Senn.

“I’ve always believed that it is important to have people engaged in the civic process. Senn said on Monday. “It is important that voters have a choice.”

Stinson attended Bellevue High School and is affiliated with  Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at UW, Young Americans for Liberty, College Republicans, and the Associated Students of ASUW Senate.

“I think that the GOP wanted someone with a fresh face and a clean slate and they saw that in me,” Stinson told the Daily.

But unlike many Republicans, Stinson said he is socially liberal. Despite that, Stinson was endorsed by the King County GOP.

Lori Sotelo, chair of the King County GOP told the Daily, “I know my sons' generation and Bill’s generation are much more focused on security issues, much more focused on government and fiscal issues, and a lot less concerned about social issues.”

Sotelo said Stinson has been involved with the GOP since high school.

Stinson says his fiscal principles align with traditional Republican practices. He believes that getting votes based on fiscal responsibility isn’t an issue.

The Daily story noted that Stinson was an ASUW student senator for fall quarter of both his freshman and sophomore years, and he served on the Special Appropriations Committee. In high school, he worked with the 2012 Ron Paul campaign and is the president for the UW RSO Young Americans for Liberty, and the campus coordinator for Students for Liberty.


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