About this race
The race features two legislative newcomers but both come with significant name recognition. The appointed incumbent, Leonard Christian, was ousted in the primary, leaving former Spokane Valley Mayor Diana Wilhite to battle it out with Spokane Valley Planning Commissioner Bob McCaslin, the son of the late Sen. Bob McCaslin. He has the same first and last name as his father but a different middle name. Both candidates are Republicans and believe their level of experience is an asset, with Wilhite pointing to her years of working with people of all political stripes to get things done. McCaslin, however, says his inexperience in elective office is an asset because he didn’t have a role in creating the often divisive type of politics that is all too common now.
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley)
|Bob McCaslin (R)||25,258||57.99%|
|Diana Wilhite (R)||18,298||42.01%|
* 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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OLYMPIA — Legislators being sworn in for the start of the 2015 Legislature.