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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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State Representative, position 1

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Mary Dye (R) 27,966 68.35%
Jenn Goulet (D) 12,951 31.65%

* 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

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.

The Candidates

Mary Dye

Party:
Republican
Age:
59
City:
Pomeroy, Washington

Education: Graduated from South Fremont High School in St. Anthony, Idaho in 1979. Earned a plants and crop management degree from the University of Idaho in 1983.

Work Experience: Served in Peace Corps as agricultural educator in Peace Corps in Ubon, Thailand from 1984 to 1986. Helped build wells and water systems for villages that had none. Co-manages third-generation wheat farm since 1987. 

Political Experience: Vice chair of the state’s Republican Party from 1994 to 1997. Appointed to state House in 2015 and later elected to the seat that same year. Re-elected in 2016 and 2018. Served as a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention, where she served as co-chairwoman of the Agriculture and Environment plank for the Platform Committee.

Family: Married to husband Roger Dye and has three children.

Campaign Fundraising: Raised more than $56,000 as of Friday, according to the Public Disclosure Commission. Top contributions include $2,000 each from the Puget Sound Energy Company, Avista Corp., Boeing's political action committee, Amazon.com Services Inc. and the Washington Affordable Housing Council in Olympia.

Jenn Goulet

Party:
Democratic
Age:
43
City:
Pasco, Washington

Goulet announced on Facebook in September 2020 that she decided to drop out of the race: "We are moving to Savannah, Georgia this month, where there are better opportunities for my children, including the possibility for my son to attend one of the most prestigious art schools in the nation." Her name, however, will remain on the November ballot.

Education: Graduated from Kennewick High School. Earned Associates degree from College of DuPage in Illinois in general studies. Earned bachelor’s applied management at Columbia Basin College.

Work experience: Works from home. Small business owner performing instructional design services for Microsoft. Previously was a training specialist at the HAMMER Federal Training Center and a technical writer supporting the Department of Energy’s environmental cleanup efforts on the Hanford Site.

Political experience: Ran for state Legislature in 2016 and 2018. Former chairwoman of Franklin County Democrats.

 

Complete Coverage

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