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Richard Lathim

A candidate for Legislative District 9, State of Washington in the 2015 Washington Primary

Party: Republican

Age: 62

City: Pasco, WA

Occupation: Former Franklin County sheriff

His words: “I will be your representative, standing up for your values, your rights, protecting you from unfunded mandates and limiting the intrusion of government into your lives.”

His pitch: Says his seven terms as sheriff taught him to manage a budget and 37 years in law enforcement taught him the importance of talking to all sides before making a decision. Current legislators didn’t do that when they first supported a plan to close part of the John Wayne Trail until they ran into local resistance, he said. That’s important on other issues like education funding because “no one has all the answers.”

Notable experience: Police officer in Connell and deputy sheriff two years in Franklin County before serving 28 years as sheriff. Lost race in 2014, retired at the end of the year. Past president of state Sheriff’s Association, state Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, past commissioner on state Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.

Education: Graduate of Kahlotus High School, 1974; studied police science at Washington State University, 1974-77, quit to accept job in Connell.


Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Mary Dye (R) 7,258 47.86 %
Kenneth E. Caylor (D) 4,047 26.68 %
Richard Lathim (R) 3,861 25.46 %

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Mary Dye

Republican

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