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Former Richland Mayor Welch Announces Bid for State House

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RICHLAND, Wash.- Former Richland Mayor Rob Welch announces his bid for a spot in the State House.

Welch will challenge another former Richland Mayor, Republican incumbent Larry Haler for his seat in Olympia.  

Six months ago, Welch resigned as Mayor and said he wouldn't run for the State House.  

He says recent public encouragement changed that.  

"Citizens of the tri-cities have been very consistent with asking me to reconsider with very nice comments and so they've really have convinced me that this is the right path to take," Welch said. 

Welch will run as a Republican, meaning the race may come down to the winner of the primary.  

Haler is also a Republican.  

No Democrats have declared in the race for that seat, yet.

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