City: Spokane, WA
Education: Graduated from Ferris High School in Spokane. Earned associate degree in 2011 from Spokane Community College. Earned bachelor's in organizational management from Whitworth University in 2016.
Political experience: Has never held political office. Volunteered on Initiative 502 campaign to legalize marijuana and served as adviser for several state boards, including the State Liquor and Cannabis Board.
Work experience: Co-founder and president of Washington's Finest Cannabis. Has eight years experience as a sales and operations manager for an online marketing company and five years in restaurant management.
Family: Married. Has two children and two adult stepchildren.
|Joel Kretz (R)||17,169||63.10 %|
|Mike Bell (D)||4,590||16.90 %|
|Crystal Oliver (D)||4,239||15.60 %|
|Christine A. Ives (N)||1,214||4.46 %|
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.