About this race
Mary Dye won an appointment to the seat last year and soon won the seat in a special election. She faced two opponents in the August primary, easily topping both with 58 percent of the vote.
Jennifer Goulet, who identifies as a “Berniecrat” because of her support of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, advanced to the general election with Dye. She has criticized Dye for accepting campaign donations from the pharmaceutical industry and other corporate contributors. She supports tying the minimum wage to the cost of living and a nationalized, single-payer, universal health care system.
Dye, who operates a wheat farm, said Goulet lacks knowledge of rural life, the intricacies of the agricultural industry and the problems farmers face – including a lack of indemnity amid a costly quality-control issue impacting wheat growers in the region. Dye plans to continue working on bills to improve fire response in the region, bring broadband to rural areas so residents can be more competitive in the global marketplace, and provide more water lines to support increased food production in the area.
State Representative, position 1, Legislative District 9 (Southeastern Washington)
|Mary Dye (R)||27,966||68.40%|
|Jennifer Goulet (D)||12,951||31.60%|
* 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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