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State House, Position 1

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Matt Shea (R) 12,563 58.98%
Scott V. Stucker (D) 8,738 41.02%

* 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

Because there are only two candidates, both will advance to the November election.

The Candidates

Matt Shea

Party:
Republican
Age:
47
City:
Spokane Valley, WA
Occupation:
Lawyer

Education: Graduated from high school in Bellingham. Earned bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Gonzaga University in 1996. Earned law degree from Gonzaga in 2006.

Political experience: Elected to state House every two years since 2008. Serves as assistant ranking minority member on the House’s Labor and Workforce and Judiciary committees.

Work experience: Attorney at M. Casey Law since 2013. Formerly handled personal injury cases at Keith S. Douglass and Associates. Co-founded the Washington Family Foundation. Served 4 ½ years in the army, entering as a lieutenant in 1996, including eight months in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Later served 11 months in Iraq as a captain in the Army and Army National Guard. 

Family: Divorced and remarried. No children.

Scott V. Stucker

Party:
Democratic
Age:
38
City:
Spokane Valley, WA

Education: Graduated from high school in Clarkston, 2001. Attended Spokane Community College, then earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Seattle Central Creative Academy.

Work experience:Works as graphic designer at Kellybrady, an advertising agency in Spokane. Former designer and layout person at the Spokane Journal of Business.

Political experience:Has never run for office. Caucused with the Democratic Party and was a state delegate representing Bernie Sanders at the Washington Democratic State Convention.

Family: Married. No children.

Complete Coverage

Shea cheers refuge occupiers’ verdict

State Rep. Matt Shea, who at one point during the National Wildlife Refuge standoff, traveled to Oregon as part of a legislative contingent, cheered the jury verdict that acquitted seven occupiers.

Matt Shea vs. Scott Stucker: Not much campaigning by either candidate in 4th District race

When the popular Spokane County sheriff, a Republican, called on the local GOP to censure state Rep. Matt Shea, it seemed like an opening was created for a serious challenge to Shea’s re-election bid. But Shea’s challenger, Scott Stucker, is a political newbie and Bernie Sanders Democrat with no campaign experience and few things to say, other than he’s running to give voters in the 4th District a choice.

For Legislature: Holy, yes; Shea, no

Incumbent Rep. Jeff Holy gets the nod in a close call. We offer no endorsement in the face featuring Rep. Matt Shea.

Shawn Vestal: Republicans, it’s time to defend Ozzie Knezovich against Matt Shea’s ‘slimes and slanders’

Shawn Vestal says it’s past time for Republican politcians and party leaders to publicly defend Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich from Rep. Matt Shea’s “slimes and slanders.”

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says local GOP leaders reluctant to censure Rep. Matt Shea, fear far-right reprisals from the legislator

Spokane-area Republicans in elected offices appear unwilling to criticize state Rep. Matt Shea for his attacks on the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, who has called on party leaders to censure Shea after he linked a triple homicide to a Spokane deputy, says Republicans are afraid to do so

Ozzie Knezovich blasts Matt Shea podcast that links sheriff’s office to triple murder

A state legislator’s claim that a fiery triple homicide north of Spokane is connected to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office drew a furious rebuke and threat of politicial payback by Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.

Shawn Vestal: Anti-Muslim lobby hungry for falsehood

ACT for America – an anti-Muslim group with chapters around the country fermenting sour, ignorant racism – claims that it is leading a fight against Islamic terrorism. Its chief weapon? Smoldering piles of manure.

Matt Shea takes surprise positions at debate team fundraiser

Republican State Rep. Matt Shea made a shocking, impassioned call for free college tuition Monday evening.

Rep. Matt Shea’s trips to Bundy protests didn’t break ethics rules, board rules

A state board dismissed an ethics complaint against State Rep. Matt Shea for traveling to two protests against federal land policies.

Shea cleared of ethics complaint for trips to Bundy protests

Spokane Valley legislator didn’t violate ethics rules by making trips to protests over federal land policies, board rules.

GOP lawmakers were asked to stay away from Oregon refuge occupation

Rep. Matt Shea led a group of GOP lawmakers who wanted to negotiate with the protesters at the Oregon wildlife refuge. Local officials told them to stay away.

OPB has in-depth look at GOP lawmakers visit to refuge take-over

Oregon Public Broadcasting has an in-depth look at the visit that Rep. Matt Shea and other legislators made to the armed occupation of the Malheur Federal Wildlife Refuge in early January.

Police body camera rules approved by state House would limit release of footage

House approves restrictions on the release of video from police body cameras, but they aren’t enough for critics who worry about misuse by the government.

WSP finds no death threat to Rep. Matt Shea, closes investigation

The Washington State Patrol has closed an investigation into a death threat reported by state Rep. Matt Shea. The patrol said the call didn’t rise to the level of a criminal threat and that no suspect was found.

What did profanity-laced call to Shea say? We’ll tell you if you really want to know.

State patrol says voicemail threat received by Rep. Matt Shea wasn’t a death threat. But it is certainly profane. We have the transcript inside, but WARNIN: It’s definitely NSFW.

Transgender bathroom rule draws dueling protests in Olympia

A rule on use of public restrooms drew dueling protests to the Washington Capitol.

Shawn Vestal: Seim brothers have found a cause, but little effect, in the refuge standoff

The Seim brothers in Ephrata, far-right-wing “patriots” who mostly have needled local officials over petty matters, have found a meatier cause to preen over in the continuing occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Washington State Patrol investigates threats against Rep. Matt Shea

Valley legislator reports threats to patrol.

Spokane County sheriff questions Matt Shea’s trip to Oregon armed protest

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says he “can’t fathom” why Rep. Matt Shea would attend an armed protest at a wildlife refuge in Oregon over the weekend.

Shawn Vestal: Shea plays his part – backing the doofuses – in Oregon standoff

Of course he did. Our very own Bundy, Matt Shea, met last week with the armed doofuses at the Oregon bird preserve. So did North Idaho’s Heather Scott and Sage Dixon, proud defenders of the Confederate flag and all the Gem State heritage it represents, as well Graham Hunt of Orting.