This district includes Whitman, Garfield, Asotin and Adams counties as well as the rural southern third of Spokane County. It includes Palouse wheat farms, small towns and two state universities: Washington State in Pullman and Eastern Washington in Cheney. Solidly Republican, it has no Democrats on the legislative ballot, although Rep. Joe Schmick, of Colfax, faces an intraparty challenge from Glen Stockwell, who has run unsuccessfully under the GOP and Democratic banners in previous years. It’s a rematch of sorts: Both ran in 1996 but didn’t make it past the primary.
• Joe Schmick , 52
Bio: Member of House since 2007; farms near Colfax and owns small vending machine business. Former member state barley commission.
Campaign promises: To get as many people working as possible, the state needs to live within its means, use money wisely, eliminate waste.
Notable: Schmick was appointed to the other House seat in 2007 and won the election the next year; he’s now the 9th District’s senior House member.
• Glen Stockwell , 60
Bio: Former Ritzville City Council member; runs a trucking and freight brokerage company and a business consulting firm.
Campaign promises: Wants to finish all phases of the original Columbia Basin Project as a way of boosting jobs in the state without raising taxes.
Notable: Describes himself politically as between a Ronald Reagan Republican and an FDR Democrat.
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