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Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Suzanne Schmidt (R) 41,275 63.43%
Ted Cummings (D) 23,797 36.57%

* 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.

About The Race

The Candidates

Suzanne Schmidt

Spokane Valley, Washington

Education: Graduated from Libby Senior High School in Libby, Montana in 1982. Received an associate of arts degree with an emphasis in business administration from Flathead Valley Community College in Libby, Montana in 1991, and received an associate degree in applied science with an emphasis on medical assistant/technology from Spokane Community College in June 2003. 

Work experience: Served as the president and chief executive officer of the Associated Builders and Contractors Inland Pacific Chapter since 2016. Worked as the organization's workers comp program manager prior to that. Worked as an administrator at the Corps of Engineers at Libby Dam. 

Political experience: None.

Family: Married to Dean Schmidt. Has three adult children.

Campaign contributions: Raised $67,822 as of Sept. 6, 2022, according to the Public Disclosure Commission. Top donors include Jordan and Tanner Chaffin, owners of Action Fasteners & Supply; Sam and Kathy Millard, retirees from Rathdrum; Kent Clausen, owner of KVC Developments; the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington political action committee; the Washington Hospitality Association; the Washington Food Industry Association and the Washington Affordable Housing Council. 

Ted Cummings

Chattaroy, Washington

Education: Graduated from Gonzaga Preparatory School in 1979. Earned an associate degree from Spokane Community College in 1997.

Work experience: Worked at Kaiser Aluminum's Mead smelter from 1988 until a strike and lockout in 1998. Worked as a supervisor for Alcoa Aluminum in New York from 1998 to 2004. Returned to Kaiser in 2004 at the company's Trentwood plant. Has served as a vice president for the Washington State Labor Council since 2018.

Political experience: Ran for U.S. Senate in 2016. Ran for state representative in the 4th Legislative District against Matt Shea in 2018. Ran for Spokane County commissioner against Josh Kerns in 2020. 

Family: Married to Denise Cummings. Has two adult sons and one granddaughter.

Campaign contributions: Has not reported any contributions as of June 17, according to the Public Disclosure Commission.

Complete Coverage

Ted Cummings, Suzanne Schmidt face off in 4th Legislative District race

A Democrat with deep criticisms of the Republican party is hoping to win a seat representing the heavily-Republican 4th Legislative District but likely faces a difficult battle against a candidate with support among current and former Republican legislators. 

Republican Schmidt to face Democrat Cummings in 4th Legislative District race

The candidate who McCaslin endorsed as his replacement, Republican MJ Bolt, was trailing behind with 24.6% of the vote.

Haven’t yet voted in the primary election? Here’s what’s at stake in Spokane County

For those who liking waiting to the last minute to cast their ballots, here’s a look at the candidate field. 

3 candidates look to take McCaslin’s seat in Legislature

Republicans Suzanne Schmidt and MJ Bolt and Democrat Ted Cummings are running this year in the 4th District. They will face off in the Aug. 2 primary where the top two will move on to the November general election.