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Late Rep. Bill Grant's Daughter Will Replace Him in 16th District Seat

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WALLA WALLA, Wash-- Commissioners from four counties gathered in Walla Walla to select a successor for Rep. Bill Grant, who died of lung cancer.

Bill Grant's daughter Laura Grant-Herriot will fill her father's shoes in Olympia. She is a teacher and wheat farmer from Walla Walla.

The process of picking his replacement was unique. Eleven Republican Commissioners were responsible for choosing between three Democratic candidates.

The candidates were Attorney George Fearing, whom the Benton County Democratic Committee chose at a caucus this week, Rebecca Francik who is on the Pasco City Council, and Laura Grant-Herriot whom they elected.

Grant says in many ways she is like her father and will continue his legacy by strongly supporting the agricultural industry in Olympia.

"As your legislator I will work with countries to insure the state shares the responsibility for bringing us out of this economic downturn. I'm an informed community leader, independent thinker and devoted to the people of this district," said Grant.

The position lasts until November when Walla Walla Republican Commissioner Gregory Tompkins, Terry Nealey attorney from Dayton, and possibly others will run against newly selected representative Laura Grant.