Bonney Lake Republican Pablo Monroy, an openly Gay and small Tacoma business owner, announced February 1 that he is challenging Rep. Chris Hurst in a 2016 race that could help decide the balance of power in the House that Democrats control by a narrow 50-48 margin.
Hurst is an Enumclaw Democrat, who voted against marriage equality in 2012, states his party preference as 'Independent Democrat.' That could be attributed to a need to distance himself from the Democratic Party in the Republican-leaning, suburban-to-rural 31st District of east Pierce and southeast King counties. At any rate, Hurst has not been too good a friend to LGBTQ Washingtonians. Monroy, on the other hand, has been.
Monroy, 27, was born in Othello, Washington where he lived with his family until high school, and the family moved to Pasco, Washington. He would graduate from Pasco High School in 2006. While attending classes throughout the four years at Pasco High, a young man caught his eye. The handsome, well-dressed boy was named Derrick and although he says the two wouldn't officially meet on the dance floor at Seattle Gay bar, R Place, until a few years after they both graduated - Derrick is now married to Pablo.
Aside from being a Gay man, which Monroy readily admits does inform political decisions that he might make, he is also Mexican American, a practicing Catholic, a veteran of the Iraq War and Global War on Terrorism, as well as a small business owner. And he also just so happens to be - Republican. [Read more....]