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State House District 3 Pos. A

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Ron Mendive (R) 9,431 66.33%
Christopher Matthews (D) 4,787 33.67%

* 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

Ron Mendive

Post Falls, Idaho

Education: Graduated from Kellogg High School in 1969. Attended North Idaho College.

Work experience: Retired. Worked for 20 years as a self-employed contractor in house construction.

Political Experience: Has held is his District 3 state House seat since winning election in 2012.

Family: Married to Sherlene Mendive. Has three children.

Christopher Matthews

Post Falls, Idaho

Education: Graduated from Kellogg High School in 2002. Earned bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science from Oregon Health and Science University in 2012

Work experience: Laboratory blood transfusion scientist at Vitalant, a nonprofit blood donation organization in Spokane.

Political experience: Served as chair of the Kootenai County Democratic Party's Candidate Recruitment Committee in 2018. Currently District 3 chair on the Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee.

Family: Single. Has two children.

Complete Coverage

Idaho state Rep. Ron Mendive facing Democratic challenger Christopher Matthews in 3rd LD

Both Mendive and Matthews believe education reform is needed, but differ on the way to pay for it and where efforts should focus.