SNOHOMISH — Republican Doug Roulstone, a retired Naval officer who has run for Congress and served briefly in the state House, said Thursday he will run for state Senate in the 44th Legislative District.
Roulstone will take on incumbent Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, who is in his third term and is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.
Roulstone, 68, said he was a combat pilot in the First Gulf War and later served as captain of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier.
He lost to Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen in the 2006 election. In 2014, after the resignation of former state representative Mike Hope, Roulstone was appointed to the seat and served about four months. He left after the November 2014 election of Mark Harmsworth.
Roulstone said he’ll focus on getting property taxes and car tabs lower, increasing road capacity and preventing enactment of any form of income tax.