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Lieutenant Governor

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Denny Heck (D) 1,658,405 57.64%
Marko Liias (D) 1,218,548 42.36%

* 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.

The Candidates

Denny Heck

Party:
Democratic
City:
Olympia, Washington

Education: Columbia River High School, Vancouver. Earned bachelor’s degree at Evergreen State College; did graduate work in public administration at Portland State University.

Political Experience: U.S. representative, serving Washington’s 10th Congressional District; former state legislator; former governor’s chief of staff.

Work experience: Co-founder of TVW and Integrated Learning Solutions.

Campaign financing: Raised about $900,000 as of Oct. 6, with maximum contributions of $4,000 coming from at least 43 donors, including the Washington Education Association, Tulalip and Nisqually tribes, Justice for All PAC and the Federation of State Employees.

Family: Married to Paula Frucci Heck. Has two adult children.

Marko Liias

Party:
Democratic
City:
Everett, Washington

Education: Kamiak High School; earned bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and Master of Public Affairs at University of Washington.

Work experience: Legislator, part-time college instructor.

Political experience: Mukilteo City Council; three terms state House; two terms in state Senate.

Campaign financing: Raised about $270,000 as of Oct. 6, with maximum contributions of $4,000 from donors that include the Service Employees International Union, Federation of State Employees and the Washington Chiropractic Trust.

Family: Single.

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