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Wednesday, February 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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About this race

The legislative district extending southwest of Spokane and wrapping north toward Nine Mile Falls, including Airway Heights, is up for grabs after incumbent Rep. Kevin Parker chose not to run. Although Parker, a Republican, held the seat for eight years, prior to him, Democrat Don Barlow held it. This year Democrat Lynette Vehrs faces Republican Mike Volz.

Vehrs, a retired nurse, won 44 percent of the primary vote, while Volz, Spokane County’s chief deputy treasurer, took 29 percent. They beat out two other candidates, including a Republican who had the backing of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Vehrs has worked with legislators as a policy adviser for the Washington State Nurses Association. She says she will focus on health care policy if elected. So far her campaign had reported raising about $76,500 as of late September. Volz intends to remain the deputy treasurer for Spokane County. He said he’d focus on fiscal policy and will work to lower taxes. His campaign has raised about $36,000.

State Representative, position 1, Legislative District 6 (West Plains and western Spokane)

Candidate Votes Pct
Mike Volz (R) 34,485 55.20%
Lynnette Vehrs (D) 27,992 44.80%

* 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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New York Times article references Spokane legislative race

A New York Times’ reporter interviewed Democratic candidate Lynnette Vehrs after Vehrs called for her opponent Mike Volz to “denounce the words and actions of Donald Trump and withdraw his support for the Republican nominee.”

Democrat in 6th Legislative race calls for Republican opponent to denounce Trump

The national debate about whether down-ticket Republicans should stand by Donald Trump following comments he made 11 years ago about groping women has trickled into the race for a House seat in Spokane County’s 6th Legislative District.

Editorial: Vehrs for legislative District 6

In a relatively conservative district, she won’t survive as lockstep liberal, so our hope is that she gravitates to the center. Nonetheless, she is the most pragmatic, knowledgable candidate and gets our endorsement