A political future? Family comes first for Selah lawmaker

State Representative Jérémie Dufault is a family man, and his concern for his family helped him decide not to run for office this year. He says family comes first.

Dufault says he’s not interested in moving his family for politics

The two-term Republican representative said recent legislative boundary changes forced him to make the tough decision. Dufault’s home in Selah won’t be in the 15th arrondissement next year because of the changes. The new district map places his home in the 14th arrondissement. This means that for Dufault to run for a third term, he would have to move his family home. He decided it wasn’t worth the impact it could have on his family.

“I would like to continue serving my constituents in Yakima County,” Dufault said. “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to do that unless I move my three young children to a new home and a new school district. I decided that wasn’t the best thing for my family right now.
Default says it has been an honor to “serve the Yakima Valley in the state legislature. I am grateful to my friends and neighbors for this opportunity.”
His current two-year term ends in January 2023.

Dufault got his start in politics as a member of Selah City Council

A press release states that “Dufault was elected to the Selah City Council in 2017. He was first elected as the state representative for the 15th District in 2018 and was re-elected in 2020. Since then, Dufault has is battling against state tax increases and spending hikes, he has also led efforts to expand mental health care services in Yakima County, provide housing for homeless veterans, and invest in local schools, roads, parks and youth programs.
Dufault is a JAG officer lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and a real estate developer and investor. He is a native of Yakima and a graduate of Davis High School.

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