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Officials appoint replacement for state Rep. Graham Hunt, R-Orting, who resigned

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Andrew Barkis (Photo: LinkedIn)

DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — Officials have appointed Andrew Barkis to fill the legislative seat vacated earlier this month by Republican Graham Hunt amid questions that he exaggerated his service in the military.

Thurston County Commissioners and Pierce County Council members announced their choice on Tuesday.

Barkis was one of three candidates, including Amy Cruver and Kerry Hooks-French, put forth by Washington State Republican Party.

Barkis lives in Olympia and is the owner of Hometown Property Management. He is a graduate of Seattle University and ran for the Thurston County Commission in 2012.

Barkis will have to go before the voters in the August primary if he wants to serve out the remaining two years of Hunt’s term.

Hunt resigned earlier this month, saying there are inconsistencies in the record of his military service.