Washington State Sen. Mark Mullet to run for governor

State Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) represents the 5th District, including Snoqualmie and North Bend

State Sen. Mark Mullet, an Issaquah Democrat, announced he will run for governor in 2024, becoming the fifth candidate to enter the race.

Mullet has represented Washington’s 5th Legislative District since 2012. The district includes Snoqualmie, North Bend, Issaquah, Renton and Maple Valley.

In a press release, Mullet said his campaign will focus on affordable housing, the rising cost of living and public safety.

An Issaquah resident, and former city councilmember, Mullet currently owns a pizza restaurant and four ice cream shops. Prior to that he worked in finance.

In the Valley, Mullet’s most visible achievement during his tenure is the State Route 18/ I-90 interchange improvement and expansion project now under construction.

Mullet is the third Democrat to enter the race for governor, joining State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and State Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz.

Republicans Raul Garcia, a Yakima emergency room physician, and Semi Bird, a Richland school board member, have also announced campaigns.

Their announcements come after Gov. Jay Inslee decided not to seek a fourth-term as governor last month.

The primary election will be held in August 2024. The top two candidates will advance regardless of party.