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State Representative, position 2

Election Results

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.

About The 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.

The Candidates

Timm Ormsby

Party:
Democratic
Age:
61
City:
Spokane, WA
Occupation:
State representative

Education: Graduated from North Central High School in 1977.

Political experience: Appointed to current House seat in 2003. Elected to seat every two years since 2004. Current chairman of House Appropriations Committee and member of House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee.

Work experience: Thirty-seven years in construction, primarily as a concrete finisher. Business representative for Northeastern Washington-Northern Idaho Building Trades Council since 2000. President of Spokane Regional Labor Council. Board member of SNAP and Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Member of Spokane Area League of Women Voters. Past board member of Spokane County United Way.

Family: Divorced and remarried. Has three adult children.

Laura Carder

Party:
Republican
Age:
73
City:
Spokane, Washington

Education: Graduated from Yorktown High School in Virginia in 1965. Attended Radford Ladies school, then earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from San Francisco State in 1969.

Work experience. Worked as a computer programmer for McDonnell Douglas for 12 years, then held a series of temporary jobs. In recent years she has held seasonal jobs at the Spokane County Fair, the Orange County Fair and at Knotts Berry Farm.

Political experience: Served as a Republican Party precinct committee officer for several years. Ran unsuccessfully for Spokane School Board in 2009 and state representative in 2006, 2008 and 2016.

Family: Single

Campaign fundraising: Carder has chosen the mini reporting option, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, meaning she has pledged to raise and spend no more than $5,000.

Complete Coverage

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Carder, Ormsby fight to represent

Incumbent Timm Ormsby faces Republican Laura Carder in the 3rd Legislative District.

Timm Ormsby faces two challengers for House seat

Opponents of state Rep. Timm Ormsby in the Aug. 2 Washington primary say it’s time for the incumbent to go. “He’s been there long enough,” said Republican Laura Carder. “I think he is taking the voters way too much for granted.”

Timm Ormsby the easy pick in 3rd District

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Ormsby to head House budget panel

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