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Local Farmer Dan Newhouse Cites Experience in Run for Congress

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SUNNYSIDE, WA. -- It looks to be a crowded field in the race for Representative Doc Hastings' seat in Congress.

One candidate is from the Yakima Valley. Dan Newhouse owns and operates a 600 acre farm in Sunnyside.

He's previously served four terms in the Washington State House of Representatives and most recently was the Director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

"Being a lifelong resident of the congressional district, I think I understand the issues," Dan Newhouse said. "Agriculture is certainly important but there's a lot of other things too that I'm quite familiar with. I think I can represent the perspective of people in Central Washington very well."

Representative Hastings announced earlier this week that he will retire at the end of the year.

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