Washington Legislature Schedules Fall Special Elections

Two special elections will be held in Washington State this fall to fill vacant seats in the state Legislature.

In the 4th legislative district (Spokane), Republicans Jeff Baxter and Mike Padden will face off for the state Senate seat left vacant when longtime Senator Bob McCaslin stepped down for health reasons.  There are no Democrats in this race. Spokane Valley businessman Jeff Baxter was appointed to the seat and is now looking to fill out the final year of that term. Spokane County District Judge and state Representative Mike Padden wants to keep him in Spokane come January.

In the 49th legislative district (Vancouver), Democrat Sharon Wylie will face off against Republican Craig Riley. Wylie was appointed to the Legislature in April after the resignation of former Representative Jim Jacks, and is running to fill out the second year of that term. Wylie is a former Oregon legislator, serving from 1993 to 1998. Riley is a Vancouver insurance and investment adviser, and will run against her.

Since no more than two people filed for each of the open Legislative seats by the June 10 deadline, there will be no primary election and both will go directly to the general election being held on Tuesday, November 8.

The winner in both of these races will face election again in 2012.

You can find out more about these candidates on their websites:


Questions? Contact a member of the Association’s Legislative Affairs team:

Jennifer Wagner, Director of Legislative Advocacy
Mark Minickiello, Vice President, Legislative Affairs
Stacy Augustine, Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Posted in Advocacy News.