u 2012 Washington General Election

State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley)

About this race

The Fourth Legislative District, which includes Spokane Valley, Millwood, Liberty Lake and much of northeast Spokane County, hasn’t been represented by a Democrat since 1992. This year, however, Democrats believe that the seat held by incumbent state Rep. Matt Shea is in play, in part, because of division in the GOP about Shea’s leadership and the misdemeanor gun charge Shea faces in Spokane Municipal Court for keeping a loaded gun in his pickup without a valid concealed weapons permit. Shea faces Amy Biviano, the former chairwoman of the Spokane County Democratic Party – not a title that’s particularly attractive on a resume for the conservative district.

Legislators are paid $42,106 annually, plus healthcare benefits. House terms are two years.

Last updated: Nov. 13, 6:02 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Matt Shea (R) 35,555 56.74%
Amy Biviano (D) 27,110 43.26%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

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