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7th District State Senator

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Shelly Short (R) 25,444 68.29%
Karen Hardy (D) 11,814 31.71%

* 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

The Candidates

Shelly Short

Party:
Republican
Age:
58
City:
Addy, WA
Occupation:
State representative

Education: Graduated from University High School in 1980. Attended Spokane Community College 1980-81 and Eastern Washington University 1981-82.

Political Experience: First elected to House in 2008, appointed to Senate in 2017 to fill open seat and won special election later in 2017 to keep the seat. Chairwoman of Senate Local Government Committee.

Work Experience: Former congressional aide to U.S. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and George Nethercutt. Former legislative aide to Rep. Joel Kretz. Worked as a paralegal for 10 years.

Family: Married to Mitch Short. Has two grown children.

Karen Hardy

Party:
Democratic
Age:
52
City:
Valley, Washington

Education: Graduated from Puyallup High School in Puyallup, Washington, in 1986. Attended Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, for two years. Graduated from the Minnesota Horse Training Academy.

Political Experience: Ran for state Senate in 2017 against Shelly Short.

Work Experience: Worked at Delta Airlines for over 18 years then became a horse trainer and started her own stable in New Mexico. Currently the draft horse program manager at Pioneer Farm Ranch near Deer Park.

Family: Married to Barney Brockwell. Has two grown children.

Complete Coverage

Democrats push Reproductive Parity Act through state Senate

Medical insurance plans in Washington that offer maternity coverage would also have to cover abortions and contraception under a bill that passed the Senate Wednesday.

Democrats take control of Washington State Senate

Control of Senate switches to Democrats with Manka Dhingra’s win in a suburban King County district.

Short faces her first Democratic challenger in Hardy in 7th District race

After moving from the House to the Senate this year to fill an open seat, Republican Shelly Short faces her first Democratic challenger in Karen Hardy.

Shelly Short’s legislative assistant appointed to Short’s former 7th District state House seat

Jacquelin Maycumber, Shelly Short’s former legislative assistant, was appointed to fill the seat Short vacated in the state House of Representatives in order to take a seat in the state Senate.

Rep. Short to seek open Northeast Washington Senate seat

Rep. Shelly Short said she will seek the state Senate seat that is open because of Sen. Brian Dansel’s resignation to take a job in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Thousands of abortion foes rally on steps of the Washington Capitol, saying Donald Trump’s election gives them hope

OLYMPIA – Thousands of abortion foes who filled the steps of the Washington Capitol Monday were urged to action by lawmakers who have proposals against the controversial but legal procedure. “We need to move from prayer to action,” Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, told demonstrators after leading them in a chant of “Pro-life, Pro-life.”

Thousands urged to be warriors against abortion

Abortion foes who filled the steps of the Capitol Building Monday were urged to move from prayer to action.