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The announcement this spring that state Rep. John Ahern would retire helped persuade four candidates to run for his seat in the August primary. Democrat Dennis Dellwo led the field, but more people voted for a Republican candidate. With both eliminated Republicans backing Republican Jeff Holy, Dellwo’s road to return to the Legislature where he served in the 1980s and early 1990s won’t be easy. The 6th Legislative District surrounds central Spokane on the south, west and north and includes the West Plains and Cheney. It’s generally considered Republican-leaning but has elected Democrats in 2006 and 2008.

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

State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 6 (West Plains and western Spokane)

Candidate Votes Pct
Jeff Holy (R) 33,085 55%
Dennis Dellwo (D) 27,071 45%

* 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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Election night totals for the 6th District House race between Jeff Holy and Dennis Dellwo (Jim Camden)

Wed., Nov. 7, 2012, 1:56 p.m.

Mapping the Vote: Holy leads Dellwo 

Republican Jeff Holy built up his sizeable lead by beating Democrat Dennis Dellwo in most of the 6th Districts precincts. Dellwo won some city precincts in Spokane and Cheney, but Holy ran much stronger in the suburbs and rural precincts.

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Mon., Oct. 29, 2012

Dellwo vs. Holy, Introduction

Former state Rep. Dennis Dellwo, a Democrat, and attorney Jeff Holy, a Republican, make their case why their the best to represent the 6th Legislative District, in the state House. The district includes parts of the city of Spokane, and most of the West Plains.

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Wed., Aug. 8, 2012, 2:08 p.m.

Dellwo confident; Keller endorses Holy

Unlike the close battle for a central Spokane House seat, the other local legislative race in Tuesday's primary with more than two candidates came to a decisive conclusion early. Democrat Dennis Dellwo, a former state representative, easily topped three Republicans to advance general election. He'll...

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Sun., July 15, 2012, 4:55 p.m.

Jeff Holy, Q&A on 15 topics

JEFF HOLY, Republican Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? Residency. I’ve lived here 30 years, having graduated Gonzaga Law, completed a career with Spokane P.D., raised my family and been involved in the community. I’m part of our community, people and issues. Resume. Local public service, community activity, education, existing legislative relationships, institutional memory, political involvement and public safety are all tools that no other candidates possess. Responsibility. I have big budget experience (Trustee for $6 Billion State Retirement System), I’m a small business owner who understands WA business climate and my work as an attorney teaches me to place other’s interests before my own.

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Sun., July 15, 2012, 4:23 p.m.

Dennis Dellwo, Q&A on 15 topics

DENNIS DELLWO, Democrat 1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? I have been extensively involved in neighborhood and city affairs and have a clear understanding of our community and its concerns. I spent 13 years in the Washington State Legislature. While a legislator I held leadership positions, was chairman of important committees and architect of key legislation. I not only bring this experience to the 6th District, but I will be able to take the 6th and Spokane's concerns to the table when legislation or budgets are considered. I will hit the ground running. I also spent 12 years as the attorney member of the Growth Management Hearing Board.

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Tue., May 8, 2012, 10:33 a.m.

Into endorsements

Washington candidates are scrambling to announce endorsements this week as filing week approaches. The gubernatorial candidates are taking turns touting nods from "first responders." Former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, the likely Democratic nominee, is in Spokane today to pick up the endorsement of Fire Fighters...

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Mon., March 12, 2012, 5:12 p.m.

Dellwo challenges Ahern for 6th District seat 

Democrats will give voters a choice in at least one race in the 6th Legislative District. Former state Democratic state Rep. Dennis Dellwo filed paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission last month announcing a bid to challenge Republican state Rep. John Ahern. Democrats had...

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