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Steve Hobbs

A candidate for Washington Secretary of State, State of Washington in the 2022 Washington Primary Election, Aug. 2

Party: Democratic

Age: 53

City: Lake Stevens, Washington

Education: Graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1988. Received a master's of public administration and a bachelor of arts from the University of Washington. 

Work experience: Has served in the U.S. Army and the National Guard for 30 years. 

Political experience: Was appointed to secretary of state in November 2021. Served in the state Senate from 2007 to 2021. 

Family: Married to Pam Hobbs. Has three children

Campaign contributions: Raised $539,649, as of Sept. 22, 2022. Contributors include the Washington State Democrats, the House Democratic Campaign Committee, the Washington Beverage Association, Microsoft and the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State, according to the Public Disclosure Commission.

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Race Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Steve Hobbs (D) 746,825 39.97%
Julie Anderson (N) 239,620 12.82%
Keith Wagoner (R) 227,449 12.17%
Bob Hagglund (R) 225,193 12.05%
Mark Miloscia (R) 187,473 10.03%
Marquez Tiggs (D) 148,408 7.94%
Tamborine Borrelli (A) 86,598 4.63%
Kurtis Engle (U) 6,866 0.37%

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