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Jan Angel sworn in as district's first Republican woman state senator
More than 60 people packed into a Kitsap County courtroom to watch as Jan Angel was sworn in Tuesday as the first Republican woman state senator to represent the 26th Legislative District.
The oath was administered by Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Jennifer Forbes.
Angel, who served as the district’s state representative since 2009, defeated Sen. Nathan Schlicher (D-Gig Harbor) in the November general election. The race between the two candidates was the most expensive senate race in state history at about $3 million.
After she was sworn in, Angel and Forbes signed official documents.
“I worked really hard to get my name on this document,” Angel said.
Angel thanked those in attendance for their support.
“This road has been a tough one and it ended up being the most expensive race in the history of the state Legislator,” Angel said. “But every one of you helped get this car over the finish line. And I thank you so much.”
She also thanked her husband, Lynn Williams, and daughters, Cara and Erin, for their support during the election.
“A campaign can be really tough on a family,” Angel said. “I kept telling Lynn to ‘hang in there with me honey, because I didn’t do everything that you are hearing.’ ”
Angel thanked the supporters for their prayers during the campaign.
“I felt them every step of the way,” she said.
She said during the campaign, there were more than 3,000 donors — from throughout the state — who donated everything from $2 to the maximum amount.
“There are some times that are really tough and we have some changes that need to be made,” Angel said. “We’ve got to come together and make this happen.”
She said there are a lot of people during the holiday season that have needs and are hurting.
“We all, as individuals, must start that grass-roots effort to help those who are truly in need,” Angel said.
She also said true leadership is telling the people the truth.
“No matter how harsh — the good, bad and the ugly — I commit to you that I will tell the truth, because you know how much I believe in transparency of government,” Angel said. “It is what you should be able to expect from your leader and your state.”
She said the work ahead will need action.
“We can’t just talk about it,” Angel said. “We’ve got to get down in the dirt and start working it step by step together. It’s time we have the action and not just the verbiage,” she said. “I was raised with a strong work ethic and I know we can do it.”
Angel said she was looking forward to working with and for the people of the 26th District.
“Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work,” she added.
Prior to being elected to the state Legislature, Angel served eight years as Kitsap County commissioner.