Karen Hardy

Inland Journal, Oct. 12, 2017

Oct 12, 2017

This week on Inland Journal:

    ▪    We’ll profile the two candidates running for what will be an open seat on the Spokane City Council. We’ll meet with Tim Benn and Kate Burke, who are on the ballot in the Northeast district.
    ▪    Most odd-year elections are devoted to local candidates and issues, but this year, there are a few state legislative races that could have a real impact. The balance of the Washington state Senate could reverse with a change of just one seat. The Senate seat in the Seventh Legislative District is up for grabs this year and, while it isn’t expected to change hands, the potential is there. We’ll talk with the incumbent, Republican Shelly Short, and her Democratic challenger, Karen Hardy.
    ▪    We’ll also feature the candidate in the Seventh District House race, Republican Jacquelin Maycumber and Democratic Susan Swanson. Maycumber is the incumbent.

Democrat Throws Her Cowboy Hat in Race for State Senate

Oct 12, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

At Beck’s Harvest House on Greenbluff, north of Spokane, Karen Hardy is giving a visitor a ride in a buggy pulled by two large black work horses, Buddy and Curly. It’s a Sunday morning and the orchard is packed with visitors.

“Buddy. Thank you. Go with him, Curly," Hardy called out to her horses.

Hardy is the head teamster at the Rocking K Ranch in Deer Park. She trains the horses, cares for them, runs them at events like this. She and her team work weddings, hay rides, sleigh rides. Occasionally they pull a harrow in the fields.