Quincy resident Alex Ybarra has been appointed to replace 13th Legislative District Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Cle Elum, who resigned Monday amid a years-long sexual harassment scandal.
Ybarra is the Quincy School Board Director, Vice President of the Washington State School Board Association and a reliability and compliance auditor with the Grant County Public Utility District. Ybarra said Monday that he would gauge his availability for these current commitments in the coming days and would consider resigning if the legislature took up too much time.
Ybarra has also previously been employed as a rocket scientist working on cruise missiles, space shuttle hardware and Mars landers.
“I think I can do some really good work not just for Grant County but also for Lincoln, Kittitas and Yakima,” Ybarra said at Monday's meeting.
The other two candidates were Ian Elliot and Danny Stone. Stone is a wheat farmer and the former chair of the Grant County Republicans, having resigned that seat to pursue appointment to the legislature. Elliot was a former state legislator from the Puget Sound area and was supported by Manweller in his bid for the appointment.
Ybarra will serve on the House Committee on Civil Rights and Judiciary as well as the Committee Consumer Protection and Business, seats saved for him by House Republican leadership in preparation for his last minute appointment. The 2019 legislative session began Monday.