UPDATE: Rep. Strow says he wants commissioner's job

State Rep. Chris Strow said late Monday he wants to replace Mike Shelton as Island County commissioner when Shelton steps down in September.

Shelton said Monday he would resign his post as Island County commissioner for District 1 on Sept. 1 to take a new job.

Island County commissioners will appoint a successor to Shelton at an upcoming meeting, choosing from three candidates picked by Island County Republicans.

Strow, who is now serving his second term in the state House of Representatives, said he hopes to get appointed to the post.

"We run as parties, but we serve everybody," he said.

Strow, R-Freeland, is currently assistant minority floor leader.

The son of Island County's District Court Judge Peter Strow, his roots on Whidbey stretch back to his teenage years when he attended Oak Harbor Junior High School and Oak Harbor High School.

In 1994 Chris joined the congressional staff on Congressman Jack Metcalf in 1994, and was a transition advisor before becoming deputy chief of staff. He served as the senior aide for Metcalf for five years in Washington, D.C.

He was elected to his first term in the state House of Representatives in 2004 and was reelected to a second term in 2006.

Strow currently serves on the House Capital Budget, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Insurance, Financial Services and Consumer Protection committees.

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