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State House, Position 2

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Joel Kretz (R) 14,833 78.08%
Mike Foster (L) 4,165 21.92%

* 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

Joel Kretz

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.

Mike Foster

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.

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