City: Wauconda, WA
Education: Graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1975. Attended Olympic College and Green River College.
Political experience: Elected to current House seat representing 7th Legislative District every two years since 2004. Has served as deputy minority leader.
Work experience: Owns a ranch, raises cattle and horses, and has a small timber business; former president of Okanogan County Farm Bureau
Family: Married. Has adult son.
More about Joel Kretz
On this race:
Says he works to reverse the trend of government to spend “beyond its means” and has fought to maintain school levy equalization funding. Supports completion of the North Spokane Corridor but questions the need for tax increases to pay for it. Supports constitutional amendment requiring supermajority votes to approve tax increases. Opposes same-sex marriage. Opposes abortion rights, but makes exception for rape victims. Supports charter school initiative. Opposes law that allows local governments to install red light enforcement cameras.
|Joel Kretz (R)||9,900||58.93 %|
|Robert “Bob” Wilson (R)||6,900||41.07 %|
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