Woodinville high school teacher Parker Harris recently announced his candidacy for the 45th District Senate seat.
Harris, 31, teaches math at Woodinville’s Attic Learning Community. He said he is running as an independent because of his concerns about “the deepening political divide in our country and our state.”
Harris said while he loved seeing that so many young people are newly involved in politics in recent months, it was “unfortunate” that many of them appear to be motivated to get involved by fear of an opposing party.
Harris began his career as a mechanical engineer, working for the state of New York to help implement incentive programs for energy-efficient buildings. He moved to Washington in 2011 and worked at a company in Mukilteo that supplies aircraft manufacturers with custom machines and tools. Harris has taught math and science since 2013, first at Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle before coming to Woodinville.