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Federal Way state Rep. Roger Freeman, 48, died Wednesday morning at Franciscan Medical Clinic at St. Francis in his hometown, the hospital reported. He had been diagnosed with colon cancer in March 2013.

In a statement issued in June 2014, in conjunction with a Relay for Life cancer fundraiser, Rep. Freeman said:

“Cancer affects so many of us: mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. We all want to survive. We all want to live to be 100. We all want to live to see our grandchildren …

“I am astounded by the advancements in medicine — new technology and therapies being created every day … I am confident that cancer will not be the end of our lives. We can win.”

Rep. Freeman, a Democrat, was running for his second term in the House and is on the Nov. 4 ballot.

According to Katie Blinn, senior adviser to Secretary of State Kim Wyman, if Rep. Freeman were to win the election, it would result in a vacancy; the second-place candidate wouldn’t win instead. The vacancy would then be filled by a regular appointment process.

Rep. Freeman, a public defender and former Federal Way City Council member, had founded in Federal Way the Coalition to End Truancy to keep students from dropping out.

Gov. Jay Inslee said on Wednesday about Rep. Freeman:

“Roger came to the state Legislature with a passion for serving his community and advocating for the most vulnerable, particularly children and children with disabilities. He was fully committed to his work despite the battle he faced against cancer, and was one of the most professional, eloquent and kindhearted legislators I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”

Rep. Freeman is survived by his wife, Sonya, and two young children.

Services are pending.

Erik Lacitis: 206-464-2237 or Twitter @ErikLacitis