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Gael Tarleton

A candidate for Secretary of State, State of Washington in the 2020 Washington Primary Election, Aug. 4

Party: Democratic

Age: 64

City: Seattle, Washington

Education: Graduated from Manchester High School in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts in 1977. Received her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, with a concentration in Russian Studies, in 1981. Received her master's degree in government and national security studies from Georgetown University in 1983.

Political Experience: Elected to the state House of Representatives in 2012 and currently represents the 36th district. Elected as House Majority Floor Leader in 2015. Served as a commissioner at the Port of Seattle from 2008 to 2013.

Work Experience: Worked as a senior defense intelligence analyst for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. Served as the director of Eurasian Policy Studies at the National Bureau of Asian Research in Seattle. Served as the director of corporate and foundation relations for the University of Washington's College of Arts and Sciences. Worked for 12 years at a U.S. Fortune 300 technology company leading subsidiaries in Russia and Ukraine.

Family: Married to Bob Tarleton. No children. 

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Race Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Kim Wyman (R) 1,238,455 50.93%
Gael Tarleton (D) 1,053,584 43.32%
Ed Minger (I) 87,982 3.62%
Gentry Lange (P) 51,826 2.13%

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