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State Representative, Pos. 2

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Rob Chase (R) 55,124 62.16%
Lance Gurel (D) 33,554 37.84%

* 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

Rob Chase

Party:
Republican
Age:
67
City:
Liberty Lake, Washington

Education: Graduated from Kellogg High School in 1972. Graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, operations management. Certification in Production and Inventory Management.

Work experience: Is currently semi-retired, but has recently worked as a U.S. Census Bureau enumerator and security guard for Phoenix Protective Corps in Spokane Valley. Worked as an expeditor with Haakon Industries based in Cheney from 2006 to 2007. Held mortgage origination and real estate licenses. Served in U.S. Army Reserves from 1972-1978.

Political Experience: Elected Spokane County treasurer in 2010. Republican Party Precinct Committee Officer. Ran unsuccessfully for state Senate in 2000, U.S. House in 2002 and Spokane County Commissioner in 2012 and 2018. Served as Eastern Washington coordinator for Ron Paul for President in 2008 and 2012 and Eastern Washington coordinator in Clint Didier campaign for Senate 2010.

Family: Married and has four children.

Pitch: "I have a reputation for getting things done. I was a good treasurer and think I can be a good legislator and I had experience of working with the Legislature Olympia."

Lance Gurel

Party:
Democratic
City:
Spokane Valley, Washington

Education: Graduated from Walter Johnson Senior High School in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1966. Attended the University of Maryland for two years but did not finish a degree. Graduated with bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arkansas Tech University in 1996. Graduated with an MBA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1998.

Work experience: Has owned an accounting business since 2006. Previously worked as a financial analyst for Florida State University. Worked as financial officer and director of development for Arkansas Tech University from 1995 to 2001. Previously worked as a welder, orchard manager, home rebuilder.

Political experience: Ran unsuccessfully for Spokane Valley City Council in 2019.

Family: Married. Has five children, 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pitch: "I'm running because I think government should be effective, efficient and work for the people, but I reject the idea of tearing government down as small as possible. There are people, both our previous legislators, present legislators and the candidates I'm running against, who just think that government should be made so small that in effect it's too small to take care of the services that we need."

 

Complete Coverage

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4th District candidates scramble after Shea decides not to run

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Postponed events, virtual outreach: Coronavirus disrupts campaign for region’s congressional seat

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers postponed her traditional campaign kickoff in the district last month, while Democratic challenger Chris Armitage has shifted to online outreach in his upset bid in the November election. Rob Chase, the latest entry into the contest, said he hopes to resume normal campaigning this summer.

Former Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase files as Republican to challenge Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Chase becomes the third candidate in the 2020 contest for the Eastern Washington seat, joining Democrat Chris Armitage. Chase has previously run for the seat as a libertarian and has ties to more conservative-minded Republicans in Eastern Washington, including the embattled state legislator Rep. Matt Shea.