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.
Wheat farmer Mary Dye seeks return to Olympia against progressive Jennifer Goulet in southeast Washington race
If Jennifer Goulet lands a seat in the state House, it would be the first time a Democrat has been elected in the district since 1937. Goulet, of Pasco, is running for the state’s 9th Legislative District – which covers a large, mostly-rural swath of southeastern Washington – against incumbent Republican Rep. Mary Dye, of Pomeroy.
Two Republicans and a self-proclaimed Berniecrat are hoping to land a spot respresending southwestern Washington in the state House. Jennifer Goulet – who calls herself a Berniecrat because of her support of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders – is vying for a seat in the historically Republican 9th Legislative District, a sprawling, rural area in the state’s southeast corner covering Adams, Asotin, Franklin, Garfield, and Whitman counties, and southern Spokane County.
Would legislators ask all lobbyists equally tough questions?
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.