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Washington Secretary of State

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Steve Hobbs (D) 730,261 40.26%
Julie Anderson (N) 233,373 12.86%
Keith Wagoner (R) 218,947 12.07%
Bob Hagglund (R) 217,043 11.96%
Mark Miloscia (R) 181,619 10.01%
Marquez Tiggs (D) 143,578 7.91%
Tamborine Borrelli (A) 82,605 4.55%
Kurtis Engle (U) 6,590 0.36%

* 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

Steve Hobbs

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 $386,013, as of July 8. Top contributors include the Washington State Democratic Party; Washington Electricians political action committee; the Washington Beverage Association; Union Pacific Railroad Company; Microsoft; Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council; and the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State. 

Julie Anderson

Tacoma, Washington

Education: Earned her GED through St. Martin's University in Lacey, Washington. Earned her bachelor of arts in liberal arts from Evergreen State College in 1987. Earned her master's of science in criminal justice administration from Northeastern University in 1990. Earned a certificate in elections administration from Auburn University in 2010.

Work experience: Former senior policy adviser for the Washington State Department of Commerce from 2007 to 2009. Former executive director for the Tacoma and Pierce County YWCA from 1998 to 2001. Former assistant regional administrator at the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration from 1996 to 1998. Former executive director at Episcopal Services for Youth from 1990 to 1996.

Political experience: Has served as the Pierce County auditor since 2009. Served as a Tacoma City Council member and deputy mayor from 2004 to 2009. 

Family: Married to David Anderson. 

Campaign contributions: Raised $149,754, as of July 8. Top contributors include David Bates, architect at Olympic Associates; Loren Cohen, real estate developer; William Weyerhaeuser; A.I.D. Tacoma Firefighters Union; and South Sound Women's Leadership political action committee.

Keith Wagoner

Bonney Lake, Washington

Education: Graduated from Burlington Edison High School in Burlington, Washington, in 1979. Graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1984 with a bachelor's of science in physical oceanography. Received a master's degree in global leadership from the University of San Diego.

Work experience: Served in the Navy as a naval officer helicopter pilot for 23 years before retiring in 2007.

Political experience: Elected to the state Senate in 2018. Served on the Sedro Wooley City Council for five years and was elected mayor for two years. 

Family: Married to Wen Lee Wagoner. Has three adult children.

Campaign contributions: Raised $36,399, as of July 8. Top contributors include the Equal Opportunity political action committee, which focuses on equal opportunity employment; the Skagit County Republican Party; Tustin retiree William Doddridge; La Conner Marine Services; and Timothy Lewis and Ronaye Kos, owners of RK Aviation Refulers. 

Bob Hagglund

Granite Falls, Washington

Education: Graduated from Everett High School in 1984. Received professional certifications in data analytics from the University of Pennsylvania and in machine learning and data manipulation from the University of Washington.

Work experience: Has worked at United Health as a data scientist and consultant for five and half years. Worked in software development and data science for four decades.

Political experience: Served as the Granite Falls precinct committee officer since 2017. Served as the Snohomish County Republican Legislative District committee chairman since 2018 and election integrity chairman since 2020. 

Family: Married to Aimee Hagglund. Has four children and two grandchildren.

Campaign contributions: Raised $9,660, as of July 8. Top contributors include real estate investor Hossein Khorram, retiree Teresa Eckert, retiree David Eckert and Larry Bauman, in the agriculture business.

Mark Miloscia

Federal Way, Washington

Education: Graduated from Francis Lewis High School in Flushing, New York in 1976. Earned bachelor’s degree in engineering at the Air Force Academy. Earned master’s in business administration at the University of North Dakota. Earned master’s in clinical psychology from Chapman University.

Work experience: Served in Air Force from 1976-1990; was a B-52 pilot and contract manager for Boeing’s B-1 program while in the military. Worked in management at Tacoma Goodwill for eight years in the 1990s. Served briefly as the interim executive director of Federal Way Youth and Family Services in 2000. Substitute teacher at Auburn School District. Former substitute teacher for Federal Way Public Schools and the Seattle Catholic Archdiocese.

Political experience: Elected state senator in 2014 as a Republican and served until 2019. Served as state representative as a Democrat from 1999 until 2013. Served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Accountability and Reform. Served as commissioner of the Lakehaven Utility District in late 1990s.

Family: Married to Meschell Miloscia. Has three children.

Campaign contributions: Raised $53,690, as of July 8. Top contributors include Mary Miloscia and Joseph Miloscia, of St. Louis; Larry Sundquist, home builder of Adamant Homes; George Petrie, of Goodman Real Estate; and James Mischel, CEO of Electric Mirror.

Marquez Tiggs

Seattle, Washington

Education: Graduated from Russellville High School in Alabama. Received a bachelor's degree in applied management from Grand Canyon University. In the process of receiving an election administration certificate from Auburn University. In the process of receiving a master's in business administration from Seattle University.

Work experience: Served in the U.S. Military. Has experience in banking and finance.

Political experience: None.

Family: Not married. No children.

Campaign contributions: None available.

Tamborine Borrelli

America First (R)
Yelm, Washington

Education: Studied spiritual psychology at the University of Santa Monica. 

Work experience: Managing director of multiple family businesses. Director of Washington Election Integrity Coalition United. 

Political experience: None.

Campaign contributions: Raised $39,124, as of July 8. Top contributors include video production company Prologue Digital and its owners Lori and Doug Basler; Burien retiree Julie Newcombe; and executive assistant Erica Genzale. 

Kurtis Engle

Lacey, Washington

Education: Earned his GED before enlisting in the Navy at the age of 16. 

Work experience: Served in the U.S. Navy. Has held a variety of different jobs, including mechanic and painter.

Political experience: None.

Family: Not married. No children.

Campaign contributions: None available.

Complete Coverage

Republicans shut out of Secretary of State race as nonpartisan, Democrat move on

Before current Secretary Steve Hobbs was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to take over for Kim Wyman, a Republican had served in the office since 1964. 

Haskell pulls ahead of Conklin in race for prosecutor; Anderson still on track to advance in Secy. of State race

Republican Larry Haskell and nonpartisan pastor Deb Conklin will likely face off in the November general election for Spokane County prosecutor. 

Steve Hobbs moves on in secretary of state race but opponent remains too close to call

Nonpartisan candidate Julie Anderson received the second most votes, with 12.9%, followed by Republican Bob Hagglund with 12.4%. Republican state Sen. Keith Wagoner trailed close behind with 12.2% 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. 

Washington Secretary of State candidates debate cybersecurity, misinformation and elections audits

Candidates kept the debate civil and mainly focused on their ideas for making state elections more secure and accessible. 

Misinformation, security of elections on secretary of state candidates’ minds this election

The candidates include a county auditor, current and former state legislators, a data scientist, a banker and a business owner.

Steve Hobbs sworn in as Secretary of State as Kim Wyman departs for BIden administration

Former state Sen. Steve Hobbs is officially Washington’s 16th secretary of state.

State Sen. Hobbs to replace Wyman as Secretary of State

Hobbs, a Democrat from Snohomish County, will take over for Kim Wyman Nov. 22 as she begins her job in the Biden administration as a senior election security lead.