Noah Ramirez

Noah Ramirez (Courtesy Photo)

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Noah Ramirez, 19, of Yakima has announced his intention to run as a Democrat against two-term state Rep. Gina McCabe, R-Goldendale.

Ramirez graduated from Eisenhower High School last year and received an associate’s degree through a dual-enrollment program at Yakima Valley College. He is now majoring in law and policy at the University of Washington.

“I’ve always been involved in the community through athletics and the Interact Club at school, and I want to benefit all the different people in the area,” Ramirez said.

Among the issues he said he’d work on are opioid abuse and civic engagement.

Ramirez plans a listening tour with Sasha Bentley, who is running against Rep. Norm Johnson, R-Yakima. Bentley, 30, is a White Salmon consultant who works with law offices to improve their business operations. McCabe and Johnson represent the 14th District, which includes Klickitat and Skamania counties, as well as parts of Yakima and Clark counties.

Johnson, 79, is also facing a challenge from Yakima businessman Garth McKinney, 25. McKinney is running as a Republican against Johnson, who is seeking a sixth term.