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.
More about Joel Kretz
On this race:
Says he works to reverse the trend of government to spend “beyond its means” and has fought to maintain school levy equalization funding. Supports completion of the North Spokane Corridor but questions the need for tax increases to pay for it. Supports constitutional amendment requiring supermajority votes to approve tax increases. Opposes same-sex marriage. Opposes abortion rights, but makes exception for rape victims. Supports charter school initiative. Opposes law that allows local governments to install red light enforcement cameras.
|Joel Kretz (R)||32,496||63.92 %|
|Robert “Bob” Wilson (R)||18,341||36.08 %|
OLYMPIA — Rep. Joel Kretz made good today on his promise to help Western Washington enjoy one of the “advantages” Eastern Washington has — wolves. Kretz, R-Wauconda, introduced a bill that would allow the Department of Fish and Wildlife to “translocate” wolves that are captured…
A county commissioner, a former legislator and a former legislative aide are among five applicants so far for an open state Senate seat in Northeastern Washington’s 7th District. The seat becomes open Jan. 1 when Sen. Bob Morton, a 22-year veteran legislator, retires halfway through…
OLYMPIA — Rep. Shelly Short said this evening she will not seek the state Senate seat that will become open on Jan. 1 with the retirement of Bob Morton. Morton, a 22-year veteran of the Legislature, announced last week that he would retire halfway through…
OLYMPIA — State Rep. Joel Kretz of Wauconda will not seek the 7th District Senate seat being vacated by Bob Morton, but seatmate Shelly Short said she is considering it. Morton announced this week that he will retire at the end of this year, leaving…
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