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Wednesday, November 13, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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A former literacy coach at Rogers High School in Spokane faces a state legislator in the race for state schools superintendent. One will replace Randy Dorn, who is retiring. Dorn pushed hard for more school funding, which put him at odds with many legislators.

State Rep. Chris Reykdal said he has experience in budget and policy. Erin Jones stresses her experience as an educator. She is an administrator in the Tacoma School District.

Reykdal said he will be active in discussion of the Supreme Court’s mandate. “There is an enormous need to fully fund our system and do that more equitably,” he said.

Jones said she wants to be a resource for legislators, while working to educate Washington residents and encourage them to push lawmakers to increase education funding. “We do need additional revenues,” Jones said. “We need more teachers and new buildings.”

Jones said she has a unique perspective on the state’s education system because her children have experienced the inequity that the school funding lawsuit sought to fix. They were students at a high-poverty school in Tacoma and then at another Title I school that was dramatically overcrowded in Puyallup. Reykdal also would bring a parent’s perspective to the job. But while Jones’ kids are now adults, Reykdal’s children were still in elementary school last school year.

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Candidate Votes Pct
Chris Reykdal (N) 1,195,329 50.69%
Erin Jones (N) 1,163,000 49.31%

* 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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