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Patty Murray

A candidate for U.S. Senator in the 2010 Washington Primary Election

Party: Democrat

Age: 66

City: Seattle, WA

Age: 65

Education: Earned bachelor’s degree from Washington State University.

Political experience: Served on Shoreline School Board; former state senator; four-term U.S. senator

Work experience: Preschool teacher, member of Congress.

Family: Married, two children.

On this race:

Elected Experience: Shoreline School Board, State Senator, United States Senator

Other Professional Experience: Shoreline Community College Cooperative Preschool Teacher

Education: Graduate, Washington State University

Community Service: No information submitted Statement: As your U.S. Senator, I've always put Washington state's families first and fought for you.

Fighting for you means saving and creating private sector jobs to get our economy moving.  I've supported critical transportation projects across our state and invested in private industry, our ports, military bases and Hanford cleanup to create thousands of jobs. I'm working to continue Washington's leadership in clean energy and create new jobs across our region. And I'm fighting to bring the military's next tanker contract home to Washington's aerospace workers.

Fighting for you means helping veterans.  As the daughter of a WWII veteran and member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, I'm fighting to give veterans and their families the support and respect they deserve. That means mental health care, job opportunities, and ending homelessness.

Fighting for you means putting families ahead of Wall Street and special interests. I have a grandson and I'm worried about our debt. That's why I support wise investments to grow our economy and put small businesses ahead of wealthy Wall Street CEOs.  I voted to end taxpayer bailouts and put money back in your pockets through middle class tax cuts. I'll continue to protect Medicare and Social Security for seniors. And I'll ensure BP - not taxpayers - pays for the tragedy in the Gulf.

Fighting for you means investing in education. As a former preschool teacher, I've always worked to make our schools the best they can be: by lowering class sizes, supporting early education, ending gang violence, helping families pay for college and giving our workers critical training services.

I am honored to be your voice as Washington's U.S. Senator. I'll never stop fighting against the powerful on behalf of you and your families. I ask for your vote to continue to put Washington state first.

Election results

Patty Murray (D) 670,284 46.22%
Dino Rossi (R) 483,305 33.33%
Clint Didier (R) 185,034 12.76%
Paul Akers (R) 37,231 2.57%
James (Skip) Mercer 12,122 0.84%
Charles Allen (D) 11,525 0.79%
Bob Burr (D) 11,344 0.78%
Norma D. Gruber (R) 9,162 0.63%
Mike Latimer (R) 6,545 0.45%
Mike The Mover (D) 6,019 0.42%
Goodspaceguy (D) 4,718 0.33%
Will Baker (R) 4,593 0.32%
Mohammad H. Said (C) 3,387 0.23%
Schalk Leonard 2,818 0.19%
William Edward Chovil (R) 2,039 0.14%



Dino Rossi


Clint Didier


Paul Akers


Charles Allen


Bob Burr


Norma D. Gruber


Mike Latimer


Mike The Mover




Will Baker


Mohammad H. Said


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