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Joel Kretz

A candidate for 7th District Representative, Position 2, Legislative District 7 (Northeastern Washington) in the 2018 Washington General Election, Nov. 6

Party: Republican

Age: 61

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.


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Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Joel Kretz (R) 45,410 68.02 %
Mike Bell (D) 21,345 31.98 %

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Mike Bell

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