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State House, Position 1

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Mary Dye (R) 9,820 64.62%
Richard Lathim (R) 5,377 35.38%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

The Candidates

Mary Dye

Party:
Republican
Age:
60
City:
Pomeroy, Washington

Education: Graduated from South Fremont High School in St. Anthony, Idaho in 1979. Earned a plants and crop management degree from the University of Idaho in 1983.

Work Experience: Served in Peace Corps as agricultural educator in Peace Corps in Ubon, Thailand from 1984 to 1986. Helped build wells and water systems for villages that had none. Co-manages third-generation wheat farm since 1987. 

Political Experience: Vice chair of the state’s Republican Party from 1994 to 1997. Appointed to state House in 2015 and later elected to the seat that same year. Re-elected in 2016 and 2018. Served as a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention, where she served as co-chairwoman of the Agriculture and Environment plank for the Platform Committee.

Family: Married to husband Roger Dye and has three children.

Campaign Fundraising: Raised more than $56,000 as of Friday, according to the Public Disclosure Commission. Top contributions include $2,000 each from the Puget Sound Energy Company, Avista Corp., Boeing's political action committee, Amazon.com Services Inc. and the Washington Affordable Housing Council in Olympia.

Richard Lathim

Party:
Republican
Age:
65
City:
Pasco, WA
Occupation:
Former Franklin County sheriff

His words: “I will be your representative, standing up for your values, your rights, protecting you from unfunded mandates and limiting the intrusion of government into your lives.”

His pitch: Says his seven terms as sheriff taught him to manage a budget and 37 years in law enforcement taught him the importance of talking to all sides before making a decision. Current legislators didn’t do that when they first supported a plan to close part of the John Wayne Trail until they ran into local resistance, he said. That’s important on other issues like education funding because “no one has all the answers.”

Notable experience: Police officer in Connell and deputy sheriff two years in Franklin County before serving 28 years as sheriff. Lost race in 2014, retired at the end of the year. Past president of state Sheriff’s Association, state Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, past commissioner on state Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.

Education: Graduate of Kahlotus High School, 1974; studied police science at Washington State University, 1974-77, quit to accept job in Connell.

Complete Coverage

Sunday Spin2: What questions are OK to ask lobbyists

Would legislators ask all lobbyists equally tough questions?

Students say legislator questioned virginity of teen in meeting with high school students

A group of teenagers who visited state Rep. Mary Dye to lobby on behalf of Planned Parenthood said they weren’t expected to be asked about their virginity.

Dye wins 9th District House seat

Mary Dye of Pomeroy was elected to the 9th District House of Representatives seat to which she was appointed earlier this year.

In 9th District race, campaign trail and John Wayne Trail intersect

Republicans Mary Dye and Richard Lathim face off for a southeast Washington House seat.

Town of Tekoa condemns proposed closure of John Wayne Trail stretch

Well, pilgrim, we’ve got ourselves a bit of trouble in this here town of Tekoa. A part of the John Wayne Trail might be closed and some folks hereabouts are pretty riled up. That may be how the cross-state trail’s namesake would describe a controversy in Tekoa, where local officials recently learned the state might abandon a section of the trail from the Columbia River to Malden. Tekoa Mayor John Jaeger said the plan came as a complete surprise and the City Council passed a resolution this week to send a message of “Whoa!” to a chief supporter of the closure, Rep. Joe Schmick.

9th Lege District: Lathim lead holds up in recount

OLYMPIA — The recount of the 9th Legislative District House race confirmed that former Franklin County Sheriff Richard Lathim will run against appointed Rep. Mary Dye in the general election.

After latest count, two Republicans emerge in state House race

Former Franklin County Sheriff Richard Lathim held onto a slim lead over former Othello City Councilman Ken Caylor Friday and seemed likely to advance to the general election against Mary Dye of Pomeroy.

Ramos to face Fagan in City Council race

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan has a clear opponent after the third day of ballot counting put a little more space between his challengers, Randy Ramos and Ben Krauss. Ramos, a recruiter with Spokane Tribal College, leads Krauss by 26 votes.

Two local primary races change as more ballots counted

The top finishers in two local primary races changed in the second day of counting ballots. In the race to face incumbent Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan in the November election, Randy Ramos, a Spokane Tribal College recruiter, edged ahead of Ben Krauss, a Spokane police crime analyst.

Dye likely will face Democrat for state House seat

Voters in the legislative district south of Spokane may end up with two parties to consider in the battle to replace state Rep. Susan Fagan, who resigned in May.

Three vie to represent Washington’s 9th District

Candidates hoping to represent southeastern Washington’s 9th Legislative District include an incumbent who was appointed just 10 weeks ago, a former sheriff of nearly three decades, and a 76-year-old Democrat with a background in construction. Rep. Mary Dye was appointed to the position in May for the final negotiations of this year’s marathon legislative session. She filled a vacancy left by Susan Fagan, who resigned a week earlier amid allegations of ethics violations.

GOP activist fills Fagan’s vacated 9th District seat

OLYMPIA – Mary Dye, longtime GOP activist from Garfield County, will represent southeastern Washington in the state House. Dye, 53, was named Friday afternoon by commissioners from the district’s six counties to fill the 9th Legislative District seat left open a week ago when Susan Fagan, of Pullman, resigned amid allegations of ethics violations. State GOP Chairwoman Susan Hutchison said the appointment may have been the fastest replacement for an open legislative seat in history.

County leaders pick Mary Dye to replace Susan Fagan in state House

OLYMPIA –Mary Dye, longtime GOP activist from Garfield County, will represent southeastern Washington in the state House.

Mary Dye named to fill 9th District House seat.

OLYMPIA — Mary Dye, longtime GOP activist from Garfield County, was chosen to fill open seat in Southeast Washington’s 9th District.