WALLA WALLA — Danielle Garbe Reser will run for state senator in the 16th Legislative District as a Democrat.

Garbe Reser, former CEO of the Sherwood Trust in Walla Walla, is running for the seat now held by Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-College Place. Walsh has said she will not seek re-election.

“I am running to be a voice in Olympia for our rural region, for our families, workers, seniors, women, veterans and vulnerable neighbors,” Garbe Reser said in the announcement. “I have spent my life serving our country and our communities, and it would be a tremendous honor to represent the 16th LD as our next state senator.”

Rep. Bill Jenkin, R-Prosser, and former Walla Walla County Commissioner and farmer Perry Dozier intend to run as a Republicans.

The 16th Legislative District includes Columbia and Walla Walla counties, most of southern Benton County and Pasco, including the communities of Prosser and Paterson. The general election will be Nov. 3.

After growing up in Moses Lake, Garbe Reser came to Walla Walla where she graduated from Whitman College.

She returned to Walla Walla in 2015 after a 14-year career as a foreign service officer. Her service began as a diplomat Sept. 10, 2001. Her State Department career included tours at the U.S. Embassies in Lebanon and Indonesia.

She stepped down as CEO of the private philanthropic Sherwood Trust last week. During her tenure with the organization, she oversaw $30 million in investments and more than $1 million in annual grants for projects across the region.

She introduced new philanthropic initiatives to help build community and promote transparency, accessibility and inclusion — values she said she intends to bring to the campaign and the position.