Party: No party
City: Omak, WA
Education: Attended White Shield High School in North Dakota, and Omak High School, graduating in 1990. Earned associate degree from Wenatchee Valley College in 1996. Earned an interdisciplinary studies bachelor's degree from Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington, in 1999.
Political experience: First run for office.
Work experience: Paralegal and spokesperson for the Colville Confederated Tribes Legal Office. Paralegal and spokesperson for Wynne Law Firm. Paralegal for Benjamin and Healey, LLC. Member of Colville Tribal Bar and Puyallup Tribal Bar.
Family: Single. Has one daughter.
Whatever blue wave was seen in other parts of the state, it doesn’t look ready to wipe out long-time Republican state Rep. Joel Kretz, who easily topped three challengers in the primary in the race for a 7th Legislative District house seat. Kretz racked up 63 percent of the vote, while the next two closest candidates, Democrats Mike Bell and Crystal Oliver, drew 16.9 and 15.6 percent of the vote respectively, making the second-place finisher too close to call Tuesday night.
Two Democrats and one Independent are challenging 7th District Rep. Joel Kretz for his seat in the state House of Representatives. The Republican incumbent has gone largely unchallenged for more than a decade.
First-time candidates file for Spokane-area legislative seats.