|Joel Kretz (R)||40,744||77.17%|
|Mike Foster (L)||12,051||22.83%|
* 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
Joel Kretz has easily maintained his seat in the mostly-Republican legislative district that represents a large portion of northeastern Washington. He first took office in 2004, and has run unopposed or easily defeated challengers. This race appears to be staying with tradition: Kretz garnered 78 percent of the vote against his opponent Mike Foster in the August primary election.
Foster, a registered Libertarian, decided to run this year because he’s “tired of the two party system.” He acknowledges that he doesn’t expect to win this round, but hopes to gain momentum to win a future election. If elected, Foster said he’d focus on lowering taxes through deregulation of some state departments and allowing outside insurers to offer their services to Washington residents.
Kretz is focused on a state Supreme Court ruling demanding that the Legislature increase education funding and is working on legislation that would curb the wild wolf population in the area, something he says has been a “crisis for some time.” He recently worked with legislators on a pilot program that allows the prescribed burning of land identified as potential problem during the summer fire season.
- Wauconda, Washington
Education: Graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1975. Attended Olympic College and Green River College.
Political Experience: Elected to current House seat representing the 7th Legislative District every two years since 2004. Has served as deputy minority leader.
Work Experience: Owns a ranch, raises cattle and horses, and has a small timber business; former president of Okanogan County Farm Bureau.
Family: Married. Has adult son.
Campaign contributions: Raised about $88,700, as of Oct. 5, 2020. Top donors include the Washington Beverage Association Political Action Committee, Georgia-Pacific Company, BNSF Railway Company and Philips 66 Company.
- Newport, WA
Education: Graduated from Redmond High School in 1991. Earned a bachelor's degree in information technology at Colorado Technical University in 2015.
Work experience: Worked in telecommunications and IT for 10 years and for property management as a field service technician. Manages Newport Pines Apartments. Joined Army in 1991 and served for a few years before joining Navy, where he served until 1999.
Political experience: First run for office.
Family: Single. No children.
As far as both candidates are concerned, the legislative district that represents a large portion of northeastern Washington is long-time incumbent Rep. Joel Kretz’s to lose.
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