In the legislative districts to the north and south of Spokane, Republicans ruled in early, incomplete results posted Tuesday night.
7th Legislative District House Position 1
Republican state Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber held her onto her seat, according to early election results posted Tuesday.
Maycumber earned 69% of the ballots counted thus far, compared to 31% for Democratic challenger Georgia Davenport.
Since her appointment and subsequent win in a 2017 special election, Maycumber has represented the Republican-leaning district that encompasses Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties as well as portions of Spokane County and Okanogan County.
7th Legislative District House Position 2
Longtime Republican state Rep. Joel Kretz was the clear victor in his bid for reelection on Tuesday, winning 73% of the vote.
He faced a political newcomer and independent challenger, JJ Wandler, who earned 26% of the ballots counted.
Kretz touted his record representing rural Eastern Washington while Wandler supported universal health care and increasing taxes on the wealthy.
9th Legislative District House Position 1
Republican incumbent state Rep. Mary Dye appeared to overcome a challenge from Libertarian Brett Borden in her quest for another term representing southeastern Washington.
The results were far from complete, as Adams County had yet to post a vote tally as of press time.
Dye earned 75% of the ballots counted on Tuesday, compared to 24% for Borden.
Borden has said he entered the race to ensure Dye would not run unopposed .
The two differed on the size and role of government, but both candidates excoriated the state for the restrictions it put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Incumbent Rep. Joe Schmick ran unopposed for the district’s other House seat.
9th Legislative District Senate
Republican Sen. Mark Schoesler also appeared to easily win reelection on Tuesday, according to incomplete results.
His Democratic opponent, Jenn Goulet, was on the ballot, but announced after the August primary that she did not want the position.
Schoesler earned 66% of the ballots counted on Tuesday.
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