Ann Diamond

Ann Diamond, a family medicine physician and founder of the Country Clinic in Winthrop, will run for Washington’s House of Representatives, seeking the seat currently held by Rep. Cary Condotta, R-Chelan.

Diamond, who lives in Mazama, declared herself as a candidate for District 12, Position 1, which has been held by Condotta since 2003. She announced her intention to run on Nov. 6, exactly one year before the 2018 general election.

A Methow Valley kickoff event is planned for Nov. 17, 7 – 9 p.m. at the Twisp Valley Grange. Diamond anticipates running as an Independent candidate, according to an announcement of her candidacy this week.

“When I listen to my neighbors in the 12th District, I hear voices in support of universal access to affordable health care, and in support of resilient local economic development — jobs. Living wage jobs,” Diamond said in the announcement.

“There is support for keeping our public lands public and our public schools well funded and vibrant. I am eager to go to work for all of the people of the 12th District,” Diamond said.

Condotta has registered as a candidate for re-election to the 12th District, which includes parts of Okanogan and Grant counties, plus all of Chelan and Douglas counties. Diamond’s legislative campaign is being managed by Betsy Cushman of Mazama.

Diamond is no longer associated with the Country Clinic, which was purchased by Confluence Health and is now called Confluence Health Methow Valley Clinic.