OLYMPIA — Dan Kristiansen of Snohomish has emerged as the front-runner to be the next leader of the state House Republicans, acting leader Joel Kretz said Wednesday.
Kretz said he is not planning to seek the post, which was vacated when Richard DeBolt stepped down last week for medical reasons.
The Republican caucus is tentatively planning to pick a new leader May 10, said Kretz, although he cautioned that could change.
Kretz, of Wauconda, said he does not expect the new leader to dramatically change the direction of the caucus. He said he would serve as Kristiansen’s deputy if he is elected.
“I would say Dan is in a good position,” Kretz said. “I think that there’s a pretty good consensus in the caucus.”
Kristiansen, who currently serves as caucus chairman, has been in the Legislature since 2003. He currently serves on the transportation and government operations committees.
The minority Republicans currently have 43 members in the 98-member House. A mostly-GOP coalition controls the Senate.