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Friday, November 15, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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About this race

Of the 15 legislators who represent at least a portion of Spokane County, Democrat Timm Ormsby has the second-longest tenure and was named chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in May. He says his top priorities include developing a plan to meet court-mandated obligations for mental health and education, while also protecting other social services critical to constituents in the 3rd District, one of the poorest in the state. He is open to increasing some kinds of taxes to pay for boosting education and supports increasing the minimum wage.

Ormsby’s Republican challenger, Laura Carder, is running a low-budget campaign. She opposes increasing the minimum wage or raising taxes to increase education funding. Her platform includes teaching “creation science” alongside evolution, increasing private-sector jobs while reducing government social services, and granting immunity from legal action to Christian-run businesses that don’t want to provide their services to same-sex couples.

State Representative, position 2, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane)

Candidate Votes Pct
Timm Ormsby (D) 29,312 62.35%
Laura Carder (R) 17,702 37.65%

* 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.

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