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Commissioner of Public Lands

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Hilary Franz (D) 1,211,310 51.19%
Sue Kuehl Pederson (R) 554,147 23.42%
Cameron Whitney (R) 197,610 8.35%
Steve Sharon (R) 179,714 7.59%
Frank Wallbrown (D) 122,136 5.16%
Kelsey Reyes (L) 77,407 3.27%
Maryam Abasbarzy (R) 24,189 1.02%

* 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

Hilary Franz


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Sue Kuehl Pederson


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Cameron Whitney


Steve Sharon


Frank Wallbrown


Kelsey Reyes


Complete Coverage

Investigate West: Nearly 1 million Washington homes are at risk from wildfires; here’s why we’re not winning the fire fight

Intentional burning of underbrush and dead trees – “prescribed fire” to those who practice it – is increasingly regarded as the key tool in making combustible forests fire-resistant and heading off “megafires.” But the technique is rarely used in the West, and prescribed fire rates actually decreased in the Northwest over the past two decades, one study showed.

Commissioner of public lands candidates clash on climate change, managing lands and wildfires in Thursday debate

In a debate for the commissioner of public lands position, candidates clashed over climate change, how best to balance land conservation and management, and wildfire prevention and fighting.

Northwest Passages: League of Women Voters hosts debate for Commissioner of Public Lands

The League of Women Voters of Washington organized a candidates debate for the office of Commissioner of Public Lands with incumbent Hilary Franz and challenger Sue Kuehl Pederson. Laurel Demkovich of The Spokesman-Review moderated the debate, which aired via the livestream of the Northwest Passages Virtual Forum.

Hilary Franz, Sue Kuehl Pederson focus on firefighting in Washington public lands race after devastating blazes

As fire season brings devastation across Washington, the role of commissioner of public lands has mostly focused on wildfire prevention and fighting. But the two candidates for the position disagree on best practices for each.

Two Democrats to face off for Washington lieutenant governor in November

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

Franz faces 5 challengers in commissioner of public lands primary

Climate change, potential over-regulation and preventing wildfires are among the top issues debated by six candidates competing to be Washington’s commissioner of public lands.

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.

Hilary Franz and Craig Curtis: Wildfire prevention proposal good for economy and environment

Instead of allowing too many trees to fuel the next megafire and release carbon and unhealthy smoke into the air, let’s put them to work storing carbon in our buildings and growing our housing stock.

Washington public lands commissioner pitching new home, auto insurance charge to pay for wildfire efforts

The new charges would go into effect in 2021, if passed, and provide the state a stable source of money for timber treatment, the purchase of new firefighting equipment and hiring of new personnel, said Hilary Franz, the state’s public lands commissioner.