The best replacement for Mike Hope is Mike Wilson. I have known Mike for many years as a fellow colleague and teacher at Cascade High School in Everett, where he teaches history and government.
Mike is not just a great fellow, but a wonderful human being with a big heart and excellent social skills and concern for his fellow human beings. He is very well informed about what is going on in the state of Washington and the world. He is very dedicated to his job and family. Mike loves the outdoors, fishing and hunting. He ties some of the best flies I have ever seen. Mike will be an indispensable asset in Olympia.