Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday appointed Democratic state Sen. Steve Hobbs as the state’s 16th secretary of state, marking the first time a Democrat will hold the office since the mid-1960s. He will replace Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who will leave office Nov. 19 to take a key election security job in the Biden administration. Hobbs, who is of Japanese descent, will be the first person of color to head the office, which is one of nine statewide elected positions. Rachel La Corte, The Associated Press.
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