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Dansel takes oath of office

Newly-elected senator sworn in at Ferry County court

— When given the option of being sworn in at his hometown courthouse or going down to Olympia, it wasn’t a tough decision for Brian Dansel to choose Republic.

Dansel, the newly-elected 7th District senator, was sworn in Friday by Superior Court Judge Patrick Monasmith at the Ferry County Courthouse.

“It was really cool,” he said. “It was just a really special moment.”

Dansel, 30, received 53.62 percent of the vote to defeat incumbent John Smith in the November election.

“It has been a great honor to serve my friends and neighbors and represent northeast Washington in the state Senate this year,” Smith said.

“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to stand up and fight for the issues important to the communities that make up the 7th Legislative District. I am proud of the work I did in Olympia this year and even though there is still work to be done, I am confident that the 7th District will be well-represented in our state Legislature.”

Dansel, a Republican, said his swearing-in ceremony was made even more special by happening on his brother’s birthday and using a Bible that his aunt had given to his mother. His wife held the Bible.

He said he’s ready to get started immediately.

“I’m rolling up my sleeves and going to work,” he said.

Dansel thanked his many supporters on his Facebook page.

“I was overwhelmed by seeing you all, and appreciate your continued support,” he wrote. “A special thanks to Superior Court Judge and personal friend, Pat Monasmith for swearing me in — I am honored that you administered the oath. Finally, thank you to my hometown of Republic, I wouldn't have been sworn in anywhere else!”

Dansel was elected Ferry County commissioner in 2010.

Smith was appointed to the state senate in January when Sen. Bob Morton retired.

Smith, a Colville resident, said it was a pleasure to work closely with 7th District Reps. Shelly Short and Joel Kretz during his tenure.

“Wherever my future endeavors lead me, I know I will continue to invest in bettering our region and the small businesses, schools, and rural communities that made me fall in love with northeast Washington more than 20 years ago,” Smith said.

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