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About this race

It’s difficult to imagine two candidates more different than incumbent Matt Shea and his Democratic challenger, Scott Stucker.

Shea is a conservative constitutionalist who supports the formation of a local militia and speaks out against overreach by state and federal government.

Stucker is a Bernie Sanders Democrat with no political experience except a recent stint on the Sanders campaign, and as a Washington state delegate for Sanders.

“I want the race to be about the issues, not about me,” Stucker said, adding that Sanders was the first political candidate Stucker said he felt like he could get behind, because “he fights for the people, not for corporations.”

Shea, who has won his 4th District seat comfortably the last four times, is a formidable challenge for someone with no political experience. Shea has solid support in the conservative 4th District, which includes Spokane Valley and parts of Mead and Colbert. He is a strong defender of private property rights and according to his website he’s “pro-jobs, pro-family, pro-guns and pro-life.” Shea supports the Defense of Marriage Act – which defines marriage as between one man and one woman – and is opposed to any attempts to redefine marriage, and he supports businesses’ right to deny service to same-sex couples.

Stucker supports same-sex marriage and abortion rights. He also believes health care is a universal right. “But I’m not a socialist,” Stucker said. “I’m a progressive Democrat.”

In this election cycle, Shea has raised nearly $100,000 and Stucker has raised less than $1,000 as of early Oct. 1, according to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.

State Representative, position 1, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley)

Candidate Votes Pct
Matt Shea (R) 40,541 64.43%
Scott V. Stucker (D) 22,381 35.57%

* 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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