JAMES “JIMI” O’HAGAN

Republican James “Jimi” O’Hagan, 62, has worked in farming, construction, commercial fishing and forestry. He attended a trade program at Grays Harbor College. He has been growing cranberries in Grayland since his late teens. In 1994, O’Hagan sued neighboring farmer Kenyon Kelly over a water-rights dispute. He won a judgment of more than $200,000 in 2000. However, Kelly, who died in 2011, unsuccessfully filed for bankruptcy numerous times. His estate is still tied up in bankruptcy proceedings, and O’Hagan has never received payment. Acting as his own attorney, O’Hagan has since been involved in numerous related proceedings in local, state and federal courts. His experiences led him to believe that corruption is widespread in the legal system, and galvanized him to run for office in 2014 and 2016. If elected, O’Hagan said he would focus on trying to evict attorneys from the legislature.

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