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Posted on Jan 14, 2019

Quincy’s Ybarra tapped for Legislature

Alex Ybarra, a mathematician and member of the Quincy School Board of directors, has been chosen as the replacement for Matt Manweller at the state House of Representatives in Olympia.

Ybarra’s sister-in-law Schirree Ybarra confirmed the news this evening, about half an hour after the appointment had been made public.

Alex Ybarra

Alex Ybarra was not available for comment. An employee at the Grant County Public Utility District, Ybarra won the appointment over two other finalists, Danny Stone, of Almira, and Ian Elliott, of Ellensburg. County commissioners in all the counties within Manweller’s district voted to choose a replacement.

Manweller announced shortly before the November election that he would resign if re-elected. He won. In October, Ybarra was one of eight semifinalists for the position, and in December, the number shrunk to the final three.

Ybarra will serve until November 2019, at which point he will have to run for election. If he wins, he will serve for a full year before having to run again in 2020, this time for a full term.

Ybarra is a member of the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs and the Washington State School Directors Association.

John Boyd, superintendent of Quincy public schools, said he had only heard “through the grapevine” that Ybarra had gotten the job, but “if it’s true, I’m really, really excited for him.”

Boyd said he believed Ybarra did not have to resign his post as school board member if he became a member of the Legislature. Ultimately, it was Ybarra’s call whether to continue doing both, he added.

“He will make his decision and we will support him,” Boyd said.

If Ybarra resigns, the board will appoint a successor, who will then serve until the next regularly scheduled election, “at which point a director will be elected for the unexpired term, if any,” according to a copy of the school district board policy Boyd sent to the Post-Register.

Ybarra’s term on the school board expires in November 2021.

Sebastian Moraga,