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Superintendent of Public Instruction

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Chris Reykdal 1,955,365 54.85%
Maia Espinoza 1,609,643 45.15%

* 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

Chris Reykdal

Tumwater, Washington

Education: Graduated from Snohomish High School in 1990. Received his bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate from Washington State University in 1994. Received his master’s in public administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1999.

Political Experience: Elected Superintendent for Public Instruction in 2016. Served as representative for the 22nd Legislative district in the Washington State House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017.

Work Experience: Teacher in Longview, Washington. Revenue analyst for the Washington State Senate Transportation Committee. Executive on Washington State’s public community and technical college system.

Family: Married to Kim Reykdal. Has two children.

Campaign contributions: Raised $155,694 as of Sept. 23, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission. Top donors include the Boeing Company PAC, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and the Washington Education Association. 

Maia Espinoza

Tacoma, Washington

Education: Graduated from Clover Park High School in Lakewood, Washington, and earned her associates degree in arts from Pierce College in 2007. Received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University in 2010. Pursuing her Master of Science in curriculum and instruction from Western Governor’s University.

Political Experience: Ran to represent the 28th Legislative District in 2018. Worked in constituent services at the Pierce County Executive Office.

Work Experience: Has a marketing and consumer service background. Founded the Center for Latino Leadership in 2015. Served on the Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Served on the Race and Ethnicity Student Data task force for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Family: Married to Laudan Espinoza. Has two children.

Campaign contributions: Raised nearly $144,000, as of Sept. 23, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission. Top donors include surgeon Douglas Backous, Cascade Political Action Committee and William Weyerhaeuser.


Complete Coverage

Teachers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 within four to six weeks

If the supply chain cooperates, all public and private school employees who want a COVID-19 vaccine will begin receiving the shot within the next 4 to 6 weeks, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal said Friday.

Incumbent Chris Reykdal wins new term as state superintendent of public instruction

Incumbent Chris Reykdal will likely enter his second term as superintendent of public instruction, after a race defined by COVID-19 policies, partisan politics and the controversial sex ed measure, Referendum 90.

State supreme court’s written opinion allows controversial statement about sex ed to stay in superintendent candidate’s voter guide

The court, which voted 6-3 against Reykdal, released its written opinion in a case involving challenger Maia Espinoza’s statement that Reykdal championed a policy that teaches “sexual positions to 4th graders.”

How do you reopen schools in a pandemic? Washington state superintendent candidates have different ideas

Incumbent Chris Reykdal will face Maia Espinoza in the nonpartisan race for superintendent of public instruction. The candidates disagree over how to reopen schools in the pandemic.

Two Democrats to face off for Washington lieutenant governor in November

A Democrat is almost guaranteed to be Washington’s next lieutenant governor.

As COVID-19 changes education systems, Washington school superintendent candidates push for local control

OLYMPIA – Five candidates are running in Washington’s Aug. 4 primary against incumbent Chris Reykdal for Superintendent of Public Instruction, calling for more local control of schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

With Inslee running for re-election, other Democrats staying put

By running for a third term, Gov. Jay Inslee has kept more Democrats in place in the 2020 elections but energized Republicans.

State superintendent says even fall may be too soon to return to school

“Short of a vaccine, which people continue to tell us is 12-18 months away, we have to figure out if it’s safe to come back even in the fall,” state Superintendent Chris Reykdal said. “Will we see a spike in cases if we are all sort of released from our social-distancing framework?”

Maia Espinoza: School closures highlight failure of public school system to fully embrace online learning

Microsoft, Android, Amazon – our state is home to some of the most innovative online inventors in the world. Yet, expenditures on technology in public education have only worked to maintain the status quo rather than elevate the quality of education available to our students.

Washington schools ordered closed until fall

Public and private schools in Washington are closed until fall, and students will be getting instruction through “distance learning,” state officials announced this afternoon.

Live Video: Gov. Inslee press conference on COVID-19

At 2 p.m. Governor Jay Inslee, joined by Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, announces new school guidelines to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Chris Reykdal: Extra fees undercut high school dual credit programs

The practice of charging high school students mandatory costs to participate in advanced learning has to end, with or without additional funding from the state.