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Ted Cummings

A candidate for 4th District Representative, Position 1, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley) in the 2018 Washington General Election, Nov. 6

Party: Democratic

Age: 57

City: Colbert, WA

Education: Graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 1979. Earned an associate degree from Spokane Community College in 1997.

Political experience: Ran for U.S. Senate in 2016.

Work experience: Worked at Kaiser Aluminum's Mead smelter from 1988 until a strike and lockout in 1998. Worked as a supervisor for Alcoa Aluminum in New York from 1998 to 2004. Returned to Kaiser in 2004 at the company's Trentwood plant. Serves as chairman of the clerical and technical unit for United Steelworkers Local 338. Sits on the executive board of the Spokane Regional Labor Council. Raises cattle and grows hay and timber on a small ranch in Chattaroy.

Family: Married. Has two adult sons.

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Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Matt Shea (R) 39,557 57.75 %
Ted Cummings (D) 28,945 42.25 %

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