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Matthew Sutherland

A candidate for 9th District Representative, Position 2, Legislative District 9 (Southeastern Washington) in the 2018 Washington General Election, Nov. 6

Party: Democratic

City: Pullman, WA

Education: Graduated from Rogers High School in Puyallup, Washington. Has bachelor's degree in political science and pre-law from Washington State University. Working on master's degree in global security policy.

Political experience: Vice chairman of Whitman County Planning Committee. Current member of the Pullman Board of Adjustment and Pullman Police Advisory Committee. Announced last year his intent to run for Congress before dropping out of the race.

Work experience: Joined U.S. Army at 17. Deployed on a humanitarian aid mission to El Salvador as an noncommissioned officer. Currently officer in Washington National Guard.

Family: Single.


Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Joe Schmick (R) 31,749 60.54 %
Matthew Sutherland (D) 20,697 39.46 %

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