City: Colfax, WA
Education: Graduated from Colfax High School. Has bachelor's degree in accounting with minor in economics from Eastern Washington University.
Work experience: Farmer and small-business owner for 35 years.
Political experience: State representative representing 9th Legislative District since 2007. Served on Washington Barley Commission from 1990 to 1997 and National Barley improvement Committee from 1991 to 1996.
Family: Married. Has no children.
Solidly Republican, this district has no Democrats on the legislative ballot, although Rep. Joe Schmick, of Colfax, faces an intraparty challenge from Glen Stockwell, who has run unsuccessfully under the GOP and Democratic banners in previous years. It’s a rematch of sorts: Both ran in 1996 but didn’t make it past the primary.
OLYMPIA – Last year, the Legislature spent $500,000 for a consultant to tell Washington state which prisons should close and which should stay open. The consultant released his study in November, and the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women in Medical Lake wasn’t on the list. Instead, he recommended it stay open to handle female prisoners on the east side of the state.