Pasco Mayor Pro-Tem Matt Watkins announced that he will not be running for the 16th District Legislative position this fall.

With the unexpected passing of Bill Grant in January I felt compelled to step up and serve the broader community of the 16th district while at the same time trying to work on important projects in Pasco and the Tri-Cities including Regional Facility Planning. I think it's more important to focus on the local issues I've committed to seeing to completion.

Fortunately, during the past few months I've gotten to know fellow candidate Terry Nealy and think he would be an excellent representative to the 16th District and will be supporting him in the race.

I want to thank the wonderful people of the 16th that have supported me and hope that one day in the future I might be able to serve them in Olympia when the time is right.