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9th District, House Pos. 1

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Mary Dye (R) 29,082 78.66%
Brett Borden (L) 7,889 21.34%

* 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

Mary Dye

Pomeroy, Washington

Education: Graduated from South Fremont High School in St. Anthony, Idaho in 1979. Earned a plants and crop management degree from the University of Idaho in 1983.

Work Experience: Served in Peace Corps as agricultural educator in Peace Corps in Ubon, Thailand from 1984 to 1986. Helped build wells and water systems for villages that had none. Co-manages third-generation wheat farm since 1987. 

Political Experience: Vice chair of the state’s Republican Party from 1994 to 1997. Appointed to state House in 2015 and later elected to the seat that same year. Re-elected in 2016 and 2018. Served as a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention, where she served as co-chairwoman of the Agriculture and Environment plank for the Platform Committee.

Family: Married to husband Roger Dye and has three children.

Campaign Fundraising: Raised more than $56,000 as of Friday, according to the Public Disclosure Commission. Top contributions include $2,000 each from the Puget Sound Energy Company, Avista Corp., Boeing's political action committee, Services Inc. and the Washington Affordable Housing Council in Olympia.

Brett Borden

Pullman, Washington

Education: Graduated from West Valley High School in 2001. Attended Eastern Washington University to study social studies for three years.

Work Experience: Works for Schweitzer Engineering Labs doing warehouse inventory. Former owner and founder of Retro Riot, a small business selling new and used books and records.

Political Experience: Treasurer for the Libertarian Party of Washington.

Family: Single.

Campaign Fundraising: $785 as of Friday, according to the Public Disclosure Commission. Borden invested $372 in his campaign and received cash contributions from individual supporters.

Complete Coverage

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