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Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Ted Cummings (D) 14,945 36.59%
Suzanne Schmidt (R) 14,673 35.93%
MJ Bolt (R) 11,222 27.48%

* 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

Ted Cummings

Party:
Democratic
Age:
61
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.

Suzanne Schmidt

Party:
Republican
Age:
58
City:
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 $35,207 as of June 17, according to the Public Disclosure Commission. Top donors include Baker Construction and Development in Spokane, general contractor Divcon in Spokane, Gaylor Electric, Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington and County Commissioner Mary Kuney.

MJ Bolt

Party:
Republican
Age:
49
City:
Spokane Valley, Washington

Education: Graduated from Mead High School in 1990. Attended University of Iowa from 1990 to 1992 and Eastern Washington University from 1992 to 1993.

Work experience: Has been a professional golf teacher for 15 years.

Political experience: Currently serving as the Eastern Washington elected representative to the State Board of Education. Elected to the Central Valley School Board from 2011 to 2015. 

Family: Has two children.

Campaign contributions: Raised $20,645 as of June 17, according to the Public Disclosure Commission. Almost $11,000 of that comes from self donations. Top individual donors include Gene Bolt, a retiree from Medical Lake; Tia McInerney, a retiree from Mead; and Patti Marquis, a golf instructor from Post Falls. Other noteworthy donors include Rep. Rob Chase and Spokane Valley City Councilman Arne Woodard. 

Complete Coverage

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.