Two Bad Reasons Christians Won’t Get Involved in This Election

We are now less than two weeks from the election. While there is a lot that people are fighting about, the one thing everyone seems to agree on is that we’re ready for it to be over; in a dead man walking kind of way.

Within the church, people are disagreeing as well. One side says Donald Trump is too bad of a person to vote for, while the other side says that we have to vote for him because to allow Hillary to become President is a death sentence for the Supreme Court and many of our civil liberties.

But there’s another voice that sometimes chimes in as a kind of referee encouraging everyone to relax. And they have some really spiritual arguments for why we shouldn’t be that worried about it.

So here are my two favorite “Christian” reasons for being ambivalent.

  1. God is in Charge Anyway

This is basically the sovereignty of God argument. It says that, “God is still going to be God regardless of who is elected, so chill out.” From a strictly logical sense, this argument is the fallacy known as the non sequitur. Which means the conclusion does not follow logically from the premise.

It’s like saying, “Burritos are yummy so I should buy a new car.” Burritos are in fact yummy, but my decision to buy a car should be determined more by things like need and my ability to afford one. Burritos are going to be yummy regardless.

It is true that God is in charge, but our responsibilities and obligations are given to us independent of that fact. After all, God is also in charge if I neglect to pay my mortgage, abandon my family, or set off a nuclear bomb in the middle of a city.

Indeed, if we think it significant that God is always in charge, we should contemplate the implication of the command to occupy until he returns (Luke 19:13), seek the welfare of the city to which he has sent us (Jeremiah 29:7), and cast down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. (2 Cor 10:5).

Of course God’s sovereignty is always relevant to our lives, it’s just not always instructive to our choices and should never be an excuse for passivity.

For those of us who are more inclined to panic at the current state of affairs and live in a state of perpetual fear, the fact that God is good and always in charge should comfort us and allow us to trust Him and be confident regardless of the circumstances.

But ultimately, it should lead us to be more interested in His purposes for us in our current circumstances, not less.

  1. Persecution will be good for us.

This argument says essentially that, “I know things are bad and getting worse, but maybe shouldn’t do anything about it. After all, I’ve read Revelation and the decline is inevitable. Maybe we should embrace the loss of religious freedom and be ok with the government taking control of our churches, universities, non-profits, businesses, and families. After all, a little persecution will be good for us.”

What would your life be like today if our Founding Father’s took this position?

The first reason we know this is a bad argument is that no one would be willing to make it outside America.

Raise your hand if you’re willing to tell a Christian brother in Syria, Iran, or Nigeria how much you’re looking forward to experiencing a little persecution so our churches can flourish.

I’m sure we’d all become a bit sheepish at the sight of the machete scar across his face.

We should be prepared to obey regardless of what happens in the future, but that should never become indifference to what happens in the future, particularly when we are in a position to influence it.

Remember, if persecution happens in any form, that means bad things are happening to real people. In the Middle East, parents are forced to watch their kids be executed unless they recant their faith. In America, businesses are forced to shut down. Different degrees of bad, but still bad.

The church has been created in Christ Jesus for good works (Eph 2:10). We were not created to allow some harm because it will be good for us.

Of course God can take even the worst circumstances and make something beautiful from it, but if bad things start happening to our friends, neighbors, and churches, it should be despite our best efforts, not because of our passivity.

In 2014, it is estimated that only 20 million of the 60 million evangelicals in America filled out a ballot. That’s a lot of influence for good that was never leveraged.

Sometimes the reason we aren’t engaged is that we don’t know how to. We’ve tried to help in this election cycle by providing a voter guide that will help you identify which candidates share your worldview and value system. You can also access it by texting your zip code to 77039.

But sometimes we aren’t engaged because we’ve convinced ourselves we don’t need to be.

There are many things people within the church can disagree about this election season, including what to do with Trump v. Clinton. But we should all be able to agree that we won’t be afraid, we won’t be indifferent to evil, and we don’t quit because it’s challenging.

Why? Because we all want to be like Jesus.

Quick Take on Washington State’s Judicial Races and Ballot Measures

With ballots hitting mailboxes beginning today, Washingtonians are choosing how to vote on a wide variety of ballot items. Here’s some information on some of the lesser-known items on your ballot.

Judicial Races

Three of the Washington Supreme Court’s nine justices are up for re-election. The court, thought by many to be one of the most progressive and liberal supreme courts in the United States, has handed down some very unpopular decisions in recent years. You can read more about those decisions here.

Chief Justice Barbara Madsen (website) joined the court in 1992 as the first woman to be popularly elected to the Court in Washington state history. She was re-elected in 1998, 2004, and 2010, and has presided over the court as Chief Justice since 2010. Madsen is being challenged by Kittitas County Prosecutor Greg Zempel (website), who has served in that role for 22 years.

Justice Charles Wiggins (website) was first elected to the Washington Supreme Court in 2010. Judge David Larson (website), who serves as the presiding Judge at the Federal Way Municipal Court, is challenging him for the seat.

Justice Mary Yu (website) has served since being appointed to the Supreme Court since 2014, after 14 years as a King County trial court judge. She is the first lesbian to serve on the Supreme Court, and is being challenged by David DeWolf (website), a retired constitutional law professor from Gonzaga.

Challengers Zempel, Larson, and DeWolf are being supported by right-of-center interests in an effort to bring more balance to the Supreme Court.

There are also dozens of lower court races of interest around the state as well, such as the race between Judge Alex Ekstrom – the judge who ruled against Barronelle Stutzman – and his challenger, Alicia Berry, a lawyer who represented Mrs. Stutzman in that case. Please consult the voter guide from the Secretary of State’s office to learn more about candidates in those local races.

Ballot Measures

Initiative No. 1433 concerns labor standards:

  • This measure would increase the state minimum wage to $11.00 in 2017, $11.50 in 2018, $12.00 in 2019, and $13.50 in 2020, require employers to provide paid sick leave, and adopt related laws.

Initiative No. 1464 concerns campaign finance laws and lobbyists:

  • This measure would create a campaign-finance system; allow residents to direct state funds to candidates; repeal the non-resident sales-tax exemption; restrict lobbying employment by certain former public employees; and add enforcement requirements.

Initiative No. 1491 concerns court-issued extreme risk protection orders temporarily preventing access to firearms:

  • This measure would allow police, family, or household members to obtain court orders temporarily preventing firearms access by persons exhibiting mental illness, violent or other behavior indicating they may harm themselves or others.

Initiative No. 1501 concerns seniors and vulnerable individuals:

  • This measure would increase the penalties for criminal identity theft and civil consumer fraud targeted at seniors or vulnerable individuals; and exempt certain information of vulnerable individuals and in-home caregivers from public disclosure.

Initiative No. 732 concerns taxes:

  • This measure would impose a carbon emission tax on certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity, reduce the sales tax by one percentage point and increase a low-income exemption, and reduce certain manufacturing taxes.

Initiative No. 735 concerns a proposed amendment to the federal constitution:

  • This measure would urge the Washington state congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment that constitutional rights belong only to individuals, not corporations, and constitutionally-protected free speech excludes the spending of money.

Padden Formally Requests AG Investigation of Planned Parenthood PAC Contribution

Following last month’s revelation that Planned Parenthood’s 501(c)(3) organization in New York may have illegally contributed $75,000 to influence elections in Washington State, Senator Mike Padden – also the Chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee – has formally requested an investigation into the contribution.

Washington public disclosure rules require that campaigns and committees report the name of the individual or group making the donation, the address, and the amount of the contribution exactly as printed on the check or transfer documents. The donation in question was initially reported to the PDC as being made by “Planned Parenthood” in New York City – a 501(c)(3) organization not legally allowed to contribute to political action committees – before twice amending the report to indicate that the money came from a legal source. What we don’t yet know is which report is accurate.

Padden’s letter also raises the question of whether or not any of the Planned Parenthood groups have filed a C-5 form, required by state law to be submitted when an out-of-state political committee makes political contributions inside Washington State.

A copy of Padden’s 45-day letter to the Attorney General can be seen here.

Shortly after FPIW reported concerns regarding the potentially illegal contribution last month, Planned Parenthood Votes Washington PAC twice amended filings with the PDC.

The first amended filing erroneously revised the contributor to “Planned Parenthood Votes,” an organization that could be authorized to make this contribution, but is not located at the address originally on record for the donation.

The second amended filing revises the contributor to “Planned Parenthood Action Fund,” an entity of Planned Parenthood that could be authorized to make contributions to campaigns, and also has an office located at the address first recorded.

The question remains: which report is accurate? Did the donation actually come from a legal source? Or are they simply amending reports to make it look like it did?

The reliability of the reports is also called into question, in part, because of who is involved. Lora Haggard, the Treasurer of the Planned Parenthood Votes Washington PAC, previously worked as the Chief Financial Officer of John Edwards’ failed 2008 presidential campaign. As the Campaign’s CFO, it is thought that Lora Haggard was heavily involved in concealing $1 million in hush money that were paid to Edwards’ mistress and daughter. She testified multiple times to convince judges and juries that the funds donated towards keeping the affair quiet were personal, not campaign contributions, despite them taking place during Edwards’ presidential campaign.

Lora Haggard also previously served on the board of three political advocacy organizations: Foundation for Patients’ Rights, Citizens for Strength and Security, and Citizens for Strength and Security Action Fund. These three organizations were involved in “highly unusual” activities regarding their tax status, disclosure policies, and adherence to federal tax laws, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

While Haggard’s involvement doesn’t prove this contribution is illegal, it does raise questions. If Planned Parenthood were looking for someone to conceal activities, contributions, or expenditures, Haggard’s previous experience would qualify her for the job.

We’ll keep you updated here at FPIW.org.

How Planned Parenthood Influences Elections in Washington State

Planned Parenthood is one of the largest corporate funders of liberal candidates and causes. The pro-abortion organization gave $6.6 million to political campaigns nationally during the 2014 election cycle alone – and they are spending lots of money in Washington State to influence the upcoming November elections.

According to reports from the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, Planned Parenthood and its lobbying arm, Planned Parenthood Votes, have given tens of thousands of dollars to state races so far during the 2016 election cycle – a number that will undoubtedly increase as we get closer to Election Day in November.

Planned Parenthood’s political contributions are highly partisan. Every candidate whose campaign it has contributed to is Democrat.

Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson have both received campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood during this election cycle.

These contributions followed a state review, conducted by the Office of the Attorney General, into Planned Parenthood’s medical and business practices in Washington State. The review was conducted after undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress reportedly showed Planned Parenthood officials talking about how some clinics illegally performed partial birth abortions to increase the value of fetal body parts, which were then sold to medical researchers for profit.

The Attorney General later determined that Planned Parenthood had followed all applicable laws when performing abortions and donating fetal tissue. Both Governor Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson vehemently defended Planned Parenthood, chastising the Washington State legislators that asked for the investigation.

Critics have raised questions about whether Attorney General Ferguson exercised due diligence in his review of Planned Parenthood after an email exchange, which appears to show the Deputy Attorney General refusing an opportunity to examine documents that could have incriminated Planned Parenthood. FPIW launched an effort to view these documents through a public records request, but was sued by Planned Parenthood and others in the abortion industry who want to make sure those public documents are sealed permanently and not released to the public.

Moreover, Inslee and Ferguson supported a Skagit County Superior Court ruling that requires public hospitals that provide maternity services for patients to also perform abortions, weakening conscience protections for doctors and hospitals. The ruling was celebrated by abortion rights activists.

Planned Parenthood used candidate surveys, which it distributed to candidates earlier this summer, to determine which legislative candidates shared the organization’s political agenda before giving endorsements and campaign contributions.

In its candidate survey, Planned Parenthood attacked the forty percent of Washington’s hospitals managed by Catholic health systems, claiming that these religiously-affiliated health providers “undermine patients’ rights” and “interfere with their ability to obtain a full range of health services.” This view likely shared by the legislative candidates that have received campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood.

In addition to funding political campaigns, Planned Parenthood used its financial resources to help sway the state initiative process. It donated a large sum to Raise Up Washington, the campaign responsible for Initiative 1433. If approved by voters in November, I-1433 will raise the state minimum wage to $13.50 per hour, which economists warn will result in higher consumer prices for goods, as well as the loss of thousands of entry-level jobs.

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest also donated thousands of dollars to Washington Won’t Discriminate, the group that misled Washingtonians about Initiative 1515. Had I-1515 been approved by voters, it would have ensured privacy for women and girls in public showers, changing facilities, and bathrooms, but it failed to gather enough signatures before the July deadline to qualify for the November ballot.

Here are the other Washington candidates and legislators who have received contributions from Planned Parenthood during the 2016 election cycle:

Mark Mullet – $1,000 Incumbent State Senator (5th Legislative District – Democrat):

Teresa Purcell – $750 Candidate for State House of Representatives (19th Legislative District – Democrat)

Kevin Van De Wege – $1,000 Candidate for State Senate (24th Legislative District – Democrat)

Marisa Peloquin – $1,000 Candidate for State Senate (28th Legislative District – Democrat)

Christine Kilduff – $1,200 Incumbent State Representative (28th Legislative District – Democrat)

Mari Leavitt – $1,000 Candidate for State House (28th Legislative District – Democrat)

Irene Bowling – $750 Candidate for State House (35th Legislative District – Democrat)

Kristine Reeves – $500 Candidate for State House (30th Legislative District – Democrat)

Michael Pellicciotti – $500 Candidate for State House (30th Legislative District – Democrat)

Steve Hobbs – $200 Incumbent State Senator (44th Legislative District – Democrat)

Annette Cleveland – $500 Incumbent State Senator (49th Legislative District – Democrat)

Additional donations for state legislative races are expected to be disclosed on Planned Parenthood Votes Washington PAC’s C-4 form, to be filed with the Public Disclosure Commission before October 18th.

In addition to campaign contributions, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest has also released a list of endorsements for candidates in Washington’s upcoming election.  Predictably, they’re all Democrats.

You can find the list here.

If you’d like to see which special interest groups are supporting the candidates in your district, use the Washington Public Disclosure Commission’s portal to take a look.

Washington Primary Results Analysis: What Does it Mean?

 

Tuesday night’s primary election in Washington pushed a number of candidates through to the general election in November, where a number of district- and state-level seats are set to be filled. The balance of power in the Washington legislature is almost certainly in play as well.

These numbers will change as more votes are counted from late-mailing voters. In 2012, the Republicans gained some ground after the counting of late-mailed ballots; however, at present, the ballots counted are certainly a majority. We’ll keep you updated as the updates become available.

Here are some of the races to pay attention to as the election draws nearer.

Balance of Power in the State Senate

Several state senate races may well determine if the Republicans are able to maintain control in that chamber.

In the 5th District, incumbent Democrat Mark Mullet clings to a very narrow, 45-vote lead over challenger Chad Magendanz. Both will, of course, advance to the general election. While in the House, Magendanz voted against for the abortion insurance mandate and for the legalization of gay marriage, but also claims to support parental notification for abortion. Current Score: Mullet (D) 50.15%, Magendanz (R) 49.85%.

In the 10th District, incumbent Republican Senator Barbara Bailey gathered 51.4% of her district’s primary vote; however, both of her challengers were Democrats, who split the remaining 48.6% of the vote. If failed challenger Nick Petrish’s supporters consolidate behind Democrat Angie Homola, this could shape up to be a tight race in a district that has elected both Democrats and Republicans in recent years. Current Score: Bailey (R) 51.4%, Democrats 48.6%.

In the 17th District, Senator Don Benton is retiring, leaving the seat up for grabs in a narrowly contested race. Former Democrat Rep. Tim Probst holds a few hundred-vote lead over current-Rep. Lynda Wilson, who has vacated her seat in an attempt to keep the 17th in Republican hands. Current Score: Probst (D) 50.67%, Wilson (R) 49.33%.

In the 41st District, incumbent Republican Senator Steve Litzow holds just a 169-vote lead over Democrat challenger Lisa Wellman. Third-party Libertarian challenger Bryan Simonson picked up 590 votes in the race. If the numbers hold at present, Litzow will hold the seat. Litzow was one of the three Republican Senators that defected from the ranks to strike down Senator Doug Erickson’s attempt at reversing the Washington Human Rights Commission’s open-bathrooms rule. Current Score: Litzow (R) 48.72%, Wellman (D) 47.69%; 3.59% of votes cast have gone to Libertarian Bryan Simonson.

At present, Republicans hold a 26-23 lead in the Senate, including Senator Tim Sheldon from the 35th District (Shelton), a long-time Democrat who caucuses with the Republicans. If current results of the primary held through the general election, the Republicans would lose one seat, but retain leadership of the Senate 25-24. If Litzow loses control of the election in the 41st District, however, and Magendanz can’t overtake Mullet in the General, the Democrats would reclaim the senate majority by the same margin. However, if Litzow can hold his seat, Wilson holds the seat vacated by Don Benton in the 17th, and Magendanz could pick up Mark Mullet’s seat in the 5th, the Republicans would gain a seat.

In summary, the balance of power in the Senate is up for grabs.

 

Balance of Power in the State House

The primary elections in the Washington State House appear not to have an impact on the overall balance of power. Democrats, who hold a 50-48 majority, would retain the majority if the primary results carried over to the general election in November. After Tuesday night, Republicans are at risk of losing as many as six seats, while Democrats appear only to be at risk of losing one. Here are the races to watch:

District 5, Seat 2: The race is on to fill the seat vacated by Chad Magandanz, who is running for Senate in the District. Republican Paul Graves brought in 47.17% of the vote in the primary, however, his two Democrat challengers, Darcy Burner and Matt Larson, brought in a combined 52.83% of the vote. Graves will have his hands full keeping the seat in Republican hands.

District 6, Seat 1: In the race to replace a vacant seat left by Kevin Parker, Democrat Lynnette Vehrs pulled in the highest number of votes during the primary; however, three of four of Verhs’ challengers are Republican, meaning that Mike Volz will be the candidate to run to keep the seat in Republican hands. Current ballot counts show Democrat and Republican turnout to be almost a dead heat. Current Score: Vehrs 44.29%, Republicans 51.58%.

District 17, Seat 1: This seat, vacated by Rep. Lynda Wilson when she decided to run for the district’s Senate seat, will be a close race between Republican Vicki Craft and Democrat Sam Kim. In a crowded field, Republican candidates received 47.04% of the votes, while four Democrats split the remaining 52.96%.

District 26, Seat 1: Gig Harbor Rep. Jesse Young faces a tough re-election, capturing the primary lead by just 141 votes over Democrat challenger Larry Seaquist. In the field of four candidates, Republicans received 49.41% of the vote while Democrats received slightly more at 50.59%.

District 28, Seat 2: Incumbent Democrat Christine Kilduff captured a majority of her district’s vote Tuesday night, barely crossing the 50% threshold. However, her remaining opponents, all Republican and Libertarian, captured the remaining votes, separating the Democrats from the Republicans by only 264 votes.

District 30, Seat 1: Incumbent Republican Rep. Linda Kochmar trails Democrat challenger Mike Pellicciotti by 419 votes, nearly a four-point margin; currently 52-48%.

District 30, Seat 2: Incumbent Republican Rep. Teri Hickel currently trails Democrat challenger Kristine Reeves by just 55 votes. (50.23-49.77%) While late arriving ballots could change the final outcome of the primary, it appears this will be a very close race in November.

Statewide Office

Governor: Incumbent Governor Jay Inslee captured less than half of the votes cast in Tuesday’s primary. Republican challenger Bill Bryant came in second place, ahead of all other candidates by a wide margin. The race will likely come down to voter turnout; Republicans captured 43.5% of all votes cast while the Democrats and other minor parties captured the rest.

Lieutenant Governor: In a bit of a surprise race, the top two candidates to emerge from this race are Republican Marty McClendon and Democrat Senator Cyrus Habib. McClendon bested Habib by a full percentage point in a race that featured eleven candidates.

Supreme Court, Position 5: Chief Justice Barbara Madsen enjoyed a healthy showing in the Primary, besting opponent Greg Zempel by a wide margin. Both will head to the general election. Current results from the primary: Madsen 64.16%, Zempel 29.28%.

See 2016 Washington Primary Results Here

 

Results from Washington State’s primary begin trickling in Tuesday night as votes were cast by mail for dozens of races at the federal, statewide, and district level.

In Washington’s primary system, the top two finishing candidates for each race – regardless of party – move on to the general election in November.

The results below indicate which two of the candidates for each office received the highest percentage returns in the primary election. You can view the most updated numbers at the Washington Secretary of State’s website, here. The final results are not official until certified by the secretary of state, and are subject to change prior to that point. Incumbents are denoted by an asterisk.  

Numbers updated 8/4/16 at 11:00am.

Federal Offices

U.S. Senate – In a race largely seen as a safe Democrat hold in the Senate, incumbent Senator Patty Murray looks to have a safe claim on her seat, scoring well over half of all votes in a crowded field of 17 candidates.

Patty Murray* (D)                            53.30%

Chris Vance (R)                                 27.93%

Congress, District 1

Suzan DelBene* (D)                          53.86%

Robert J. Sutherland (R)                  31.13%

Congress, District 2

Rick Larsen* (D)                                53.00%

Marc Henneman (R)                         31.74%

Congress, District 3

Jaime Herrera Beutler* (R)              54.65%

Jim Moeller (D)                                   25.29%

Congress, District 4

Dan Newhouse* (R)                          46.20%

Clint Didier (R)                                  27.24%

Congress, District 5

Cathy McMorris Rodgers* (R)        41.44%

Joe Pakootas (D)                                32.15%

Congress, District 6

Derek Kilmer* (D)                            59.01%

Todd A. Bloom (R)                           24.35%

Congress, District 7

Pramila Jayapal (D)                          39.06%

Brady Walkinshaw (D)                     21.29%

Congress, District 8

Dave Reichert* (R)                            57.38%

Tony Ventrella (D)                             17.50%

Congress, District 9

Adam Smith* (D)                              56.95%

Doug Basler (R)                                 24.68%

Congress, District 10

Denny Heck* (D)                               46.92%

Jim Postma (R)                                  36.87%

 

Statewide Offices

Governor

Jay Inslee* (D)                                   48.57%

Bill Bryant (R)                                   38.57%

Lieutenant Governor

Cyrus Habib (D)                                20.07%

Marty McClendon (R)                      20.04%

Secretary of State

Kim Wyman* (R)                              48.72%

Tina Podlodowski (D)                      45.45%

State Treasurer

Duane Davidson (R)                         25.52%

Michael Waite (R)                             23.68%

State Auditor

Mark Miloscia (R)                              37.43%

Patrice McCarthy (D)                        30.35%

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson* (D)                            72.61%

Joshua Trumbull (L)                         27.39%

Commissioner of Public Lands

Steve McLaughlin (R)                       38.97%

Hilary Franz (D)                                21.17%

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Erin Jones                                           23.35%

Chris Reykdal                                     21.01%

Insurance Commissioner

Mike Kreidler                                     57.69%

Richard Shrock                                  35.05%

 

State Senate

District 1

Mindie Wirth (R)                              40.05%

Guy Palumbo (D)                              30.20%

District 2

Randi Becker* (R)                             58.18%

Marilyn Rasmussen (D)                   27.25%

District 3

Andy Billig* (D)                                 74.30%

James R. Apker (L)                            25.70%

District 4

Mike Padden* (R)                             100.00%

Senator Padden ran unopposed.

District 5 –

Mark Mullet* (D)                              50.55%

Chad Magendanz (R)                       49.45%

District 9

Mark G. Schoesler* (R)                   100.00%

Senator Schoesler ran unopposed.

District 10

Barbara Bailey* (R)                          50.81%

Angie Homola (D)                            39.96%

District 11

Bob Hasegawa* (D)                          79.05%

Dennis Price (L)                                20.95%

District 12

Brad Hawkins* (R)                           66.68%

Jon Wyss (R)                                      33.32%

District 14 –

Curtis King* (R)                                69.74%

Amanda Richards (R)                      30.26%

District 16 –

Maureen Walsh (R)                          100.00%

Maureen Walsh ran unopposed.

District 17

Tim Probst (D)                                  50.12%

Lynda Wilson (R)                             49.88%

District 18

Ann Rivers* (R)                                 59.97%

Eric K. Holt (R)                                  40.03%

District 19

Dean Takko* (D)                               58.02%

Sue Kuehl Pederson (R)                  41.98%

District 20

John Braun* (R)                                100.00%

Senator Braun ran unopposed.

District 22

Sam Hunt* (D)                                  55.45%

Steve Owens (I)                                 21.88%

District 23

Christine Rolfes* (D)                       100.00%

Senator Rolfes ran unopposed.

 District 24

Kevin Van De Wege (D)                   61.99%

Danille Turissini (R)                         38.01%

District 25

Hans Zeiger (R)                                 59.02%

Karl Mecklenburg (D)                      40.98%

District 27

Jeannie Darneille* (D)                      62.50%

Greg Taylor (R)                                   26.01%

District 28

Steve O’Ban* (R)                               53.75%

Marisa Peloquin                                46.25%

District 36

Reuven Carlyle* (D)                         100.00%

Senator Carlyle ran unopposed.

District 39

Kirk Pearson* (R)                             100.00%

Senator Pearson ran unopposed.

District 40

Kevin Ranker* (D)                            69.36%

Daniel R. Miller (R)                          30.64%

District 41

Steve Litzow* (R)                              48.76%

Lisa Wellman (D)                              47.64%

District 49

Annette Cleveland* (D)                    57.21%

Lewis Gerhardt (R)                           31.56%

 

State House of Representatives

Candidates running unopposed are not listed below.

 District 1, Position 1

Derek Stanford* (D)                         50.19%

Neil Thannisch (R)                           23.20%

District 1, Position 2

Jim Langston (R)                              39.50%

Shelley Kloba (D)                              31.54%

District 2, Position 1

Andrew Barkis* (R)                          57.90%

Amy Pivetta Hoffman                      42.10%

District 2, Position 2

J.T. Wilcox* (R)                                65.89%

Derek Maynes (D)                            19.19%

District 3, Position 1

Marcus Riccelli* (D)                          72.55%

Randy McGlenn II (R)                      27.45%

District 3, Position 2

Timm Ormsby* (D)                           63.86%

Laura Carder (R)                               28.34%

District 4, Position 1

Matt Shea* (R)                                  58.98%

Scott V. Stucker (D)                          41.02%

District 5, Position 1

Jay Rodne* (R)                                  55.19%

Jason Ritchie (D)                              44.81%

District 5, Position 2

Paul Graves (R)                                 46.67%

Darcy Burner (D)                              36.50%

District 6, Position 1

Lynnette Vehrs (D)                           43.68%

Mike Volz (R)                                     29.42%

District 6, Position 2

Jeff Holy* (R)                                     57.15%

Shar Lichty (D)                                  42.85%

District 7, Position 2

Joel Kretz* (R)                                   78.08%

Mike Foster (L)                                  21.92%

District 8, Position 1

Brad Klippert* (R)                            54.30%

Rick Jansons (R)                               31.68%

District 8, Position 2

Larry Haler* (R)                                64.09%

Steve Simmons (R)                           35.91%

District 9, Position 1

Mary Dye* (R)                                   57.71%

Jennifer Goulet (D)                           30.15%

District 10, Position 1

Norma Smith* (R)                             73.54%

Michael Scott (L)                               26.46%

District 10, Position 2

Dave Hayes* (R)                                55.24%

Doris Brevoort (D)                            44.76%

District 11, Position 1

Zack Hudgins* (D)                            65.25%

Erin Smith Aboudara (R)                 34.75%

District 12, Position 1

Cary Condotta* (R)                           63.95%

Dan Maher (D)                                  36.05%

District 12, Position 2

Mike Steele (R)                                  36.16%

Jerry Paine (R)                                  26.38%

District 13, Position 2

Matt Manweller* (R)                       71.00%

Jordan Webb (D)                              29.00%

District 14, Position 1

Norm Johnson* (R)                           67.53%

Susan Soto Palmer (D)                     32.47%

District 14, Position 2

Gina McCabe* (R)                             66.61%

John Adams (D)                                33.39%

District 15, Position 2

David V. Taylor* (R)                          38.10%

AJ Cooper (D)                                     31.63%

District 16, Position 1

Rebecca Francik (D)                         29.32%

William Jenkin (R)                           23.20%

District 16, Position 2

Terry Nealey* (R)                             61.86%

Gary Downing (D)                            29.60%

District 17, Position 1

Vicki Kraft (R)                                   33.06%

Sam Kim (D)                                      21.39%

District 17, Position 2

Paul Harris* (R)                                47.45%

Martin Hash (D)                                39.52%

District 18, Position 1

Brandon Vick* (R)                            57.98%

Justin Oberg (D)                               32.32%

District 18, Position 2

Liz Pike* (R)                                       42.19%

Kathy Gillespie (D)                           29.18%

District 19, Position 1

Jim Walsh (R)                                     28.98%

J.D. Rossetti* (D)                               24.29%

District 19, Position 2

Brian E. Blake* (D)                            55.30%

Jimi O’Hagan (R)                               38.76%

District 21, Position 1

Strom Peterson* (D)                         77.97%

Alex Hels (L)                                      22.03%

District 21, Position 2

Lillian Ortiz-Self* (D)                       56.70%

Jeff Scherrer (R)                                32.81%

District 22, Position 1

Laurie Dolan (D)                               30.81%

Donald Austin (R)                             28.70%

District 23, Position 1

Sherry V. Appleton* (D)                  54.64%

Loretta Byrnes (R)                            25.30%

District 24, Position 1

Mike Chapman (D)                           45.65%

George Vrabel (R)                             36.76%

District 24, Position 2

Steve Tharinger* (D)                         61.98%

John D. Alger (R)                               38.02%

District 25, Position 1

Melanie Stambaugh* (R)                 57.78%

Jamie Smith (D)                                42.22%

District 25, Position 2

Joyce McDonald (R)                          56.67%

Michelle Chatterton (D)                   43.33%

District 26, Position 1

Jesse L. Young* (R)                           39.03%

Larry Seaquist (D)                             36.54%

District 26, Position 2

Michelle Caldier* (R)                       56.68%

Randy Spitzer (D)                             43.32%

District 28, Position 1

Richard Muri* (R)                             53.03%

Mari Leavitt (D)                                 39.26%

District 28, Position 2

Christine Kilduff* (D)                       50.91%

Paul Wagemann (R)                          27.61%

District 29, Position 1

David Sawyer* (D)                            40.68%

Rick Thomas (R)                                35.38%

District 29, Position 2

Steve Kirby* (D)                               61.64%

Jessica Garcia (R)                            38.36%

District 30, Position 1

Mike Pellicciotti (D)                          51.86%

Linda Kochmar* (R)                         48.14%

District 30, Position 2

Kristine Reeves (D)                          50.15%

Teri Hickel* (R)                                 49.85%

District 31, Position 1

Drew Stokesbary* (R)                      73.94%

John Frostad (L)                               26.06%

District 31, Position 2

Phil Fortunato (R)                             39.60%

Lane Walthers (D)                             36.75%

District 32, Position 1

Cindy Ryu* (D)                                  74.31%

Alvin Rutledge (R)                            18.49%

District 32, Position 2

Ruth Kagi* (D)                                  65.26%

David Schirle (R)                              22.01%

District 33, Position 1

Tina Orwall* (D)                               68.04%

John Potter (R)                                 27.87%

District 33, Position 2

Mia Gregerson* (D)                          63.56%

Pamela Pollock (R)                            36.44%

District 34, Position 1

Eileen L. Cody* (D)                           71.24%

Matthew Benson (R)                         17.58%

District 34, Position 2

Joe Fitzgibbon* (D)                           79.29%

Andrew Pilloud (R)                           20.71%

District 35, Position 1

Dan Griffey* (R)                                54.35%

Irene Bowling (D)                             45.65%

District 35, Position 2

Drew MacEwen* (R)                         53.91%

Craig Patti (D)                                    46.09%

District 37, Position 1

Sharon Tomiko Santos* (D)             92.28%

John Dickinson (I)                              7.72%

District 37, Position 2

Eric Pettigrew* (D)                           88.92%

Tamra Smilanich (I)                         11.08%

District 38, Position 2

Mike Sells* (D)                                  69.82%

Bert Johnson (I)                                30.18%

District 39, Position 1

Dan Kristiansen* (R)                        58.98%

Linda M. Wright (D)                         41.02%

District 39, Position 2

John Koster (R)                                 56.49%

Ronda Metcalf (D)                            38.88%

District 41, Position 1

Tana Senn* (D)                                 63.56%

John Pass (R)                                    36.44%

District 41, Position 2

Judy Clibborn* (D)                           54.23%

Michael Appleby (R)                         34.73%

District 42, Position 1

Luanne Van Werven* (R)                51.67%

Sharlaine LaClair (D)                       40.59%

District 42, Position 2

Vincent Buys* (R)                             53.96%

Tracy Atwood (D)                             34.65%

District 43, Position 1

Nicole Macri (D)                                49.43%

Dan Shih (D)                                      26.36%

District 44, Position 1

John Lovick (D)                                 51.91%

Janice Huxford (R)                           45.24%

District 44, Position 2

Mark Harmsworth* (R)                    51.67%

Katrina Ondracek (D)                       31.23%

District 45, Position 1

Roger Goodman* (D)                       62.00%

Ramiro Valderrama (R)                   38.00%

District 46, Position 1

Gerry Pollet* (D)                               87.94%

Stephanie Heart Viskovich (L)       12.06%

District 47, Position 1

Mark Hargrove* (R)                          59.01%

Brooke Valentine (D)                        40.99%

District 47, Position 2

Pat Sullivan* (D)                               56.41%

Barry Knowles (R)                            43.59%

District 48, Position 1

Patty Kuderer* (D)                           74.04%

Michelle Darnell (R)                         25.96%

District 48, Position 2

Joan McBride* (D)                           77.68%

Benjamin Judah Phelps (L)            22.32%

District 49, Position 1

Sharon Wylie* (D)                            76.26%

Kaitlyn Beck (D)                               23.74%

District 49, Position 2

Monica Jurado Stonier (D)             37.29%

Alishia Topper (D)                            27.68%