A candidate for House Pos. 1, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley) in the 2022 Washington Primary Election, Aug. 2
City: 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.
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.
The candidate who McCaslin endorsed as his replacement, Republican MJ Bolt, was trailing behind with 24.6% of the vote.
For those who liking waiting to the last minute to cast their ballots, here’s a look at the candidate field.
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.