City: Wauconda, WA
Career: Rancher, owner of timber business, former president of Okanogan County Farm Bureau
Education: Graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1975.
Political experience: Elected to current House seat representing 7th Legislative District every two years since 2004. Has served as deputy minority leader.
Family: Married. Has adult son.
- Web: joelkretz.com
More about Joel Kretz
Whatever blue wave was seen in other parts of the state, it doesn’t look ready to wipe out long-time Republican state Rep. Joel Kretz, who easily topped three challengers in the primary in the race for a 7th Legislative District house seat. Kretz racked up 63 percent of the vote, while the next two closest candidates, Democrats Mike Bell and Crystal Oliver, drew 16.9 and 15.6 percent of the vote respectively, making the second-place finisher too close to call Tuesday night.
Two Democrats and one Independent are challenging 7th District Rep. Joel Kretz for his seat in the state House of Representatives. The Republican incumbent has gone largely unchallenged for more than a decade.
A complaint against Rep. Joel Kretz for his opposition to a Washington State University researcher’s work on wolves was dismissed.