MILL CREEK — Two Republicans with name recognition are out to unseat Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, and both began gearing up their campaigns this week.
Shahram Hadian, whose fight against near-naked baristas led Snohomish County to change its laws, formally kicked off his campaign Thursday night at a restaurant in the Mill Creek Town Center.
Hadian, 38, of Everett, a pastor at Christ the King Community Church in Lynnwood, is making his first bid for elected office.
He earned quite a bit of attention in the public battle against risque coffee stands featuring baristas in revealing attire such as thongs or pasties.
The second challenger is Steve Dana, who ran for Snohomish County Council in November. He lost to incumbent Democratic Councilman Dave Somers by a narrow margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.
Dana plans a campaign launch event starting at 4 p.m. Monday at his Snohomish restaurant, The HUB.
Dunshee has filed paperwork for re-election in the 44th Legislative District. He’s also said he’s considering challenging state Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, but won’t decide until after the legislative session.