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7th District Senate

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Shelly Short (R) 48,042 68.99%
Karen Hardy (D) 21,592 31.01%

* 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.

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