By Jerry Cornfield
Snohomish County Democrats are counting on a high school teacher from Mill Creek to capture the House seat of the retiring Republican Rep. Mike Hope.
Mike Wilson, who teaches government and politics at Cascade High School in Everett, formally launched a campaign for the 44th Legislative District seat last week.
He is the first Democrat to enter the race and joins Republican Mark Harmsworth, a Mill Creek City Councilman, as the only announced candidates. Hope has endorsed Harmsworth for the post.
Wilson, a native of Yakima, is a National Board teacher and is also an adjunct faculty member at Bellevue College and Everett Community College, according to a biography released by his campaign. In the past 38 years he’s coached football, wrestling, soccer and Little League baseball, and run youth football camps.
“I teach students every day that democracy means you have to participate,” he said in a statement. “I coach student-athletes every day about the value of hard work and finishing what you start. It’s time for a classroom teacher in the state Legislature and I’m ready to step up and do what’s best for our students and our community.”