About this race
The legislative district extending southwest of Spokane and wrapping north toward Nine Mile Falls, including Airway Heights, is up for grabs after incumbent Rep. Kevin Parker chose not to run. Although Parker, a Republican, held the seat for eight years, prior to him, Democrat Don Barlow held it. This year Democrat Lynette Vehrs faces Republican Mike Volz.
Vehrs, a retired nurse, won 44 percent of the primary vote, while Volz, Spokane County’s chief deputy treasurer, took 29 percent. They beat out two other candidates, including a Republican who had the backing of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
Vehrs has worked with legislators as a policy adviser for the Washington State Nurses Association. She says she will focus on health care policy if elected. So far her campaign had reported raising about $76,500 as of late September. Volz intends to remain the deputy treasurer for Spokane County. He said he’d focus on fiscal policy and will work to lower taxes. His campaign has raised about $36,000.
State Representative, position 1, Legislative District 6 (West Plains and western Spokane)
|Mike Volz (R)||34,485||55.20%|
|Lynnette Vehrs (D)||27,992||44.80%|
* 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.