Seventh Legislative District

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.

Republican Senator Seeks Re-Election in Seventh District

Oct 12, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

The Seventh District is one of the biggest in the state. It covers parts of 10 counties, including north Spokane, and because most of that is rural, campaigning door-to-door isn’t an efficient use of time.

So, candidates such as Sen. Shelly Short (R-Addy) often meet voters at events such as the annual cider fest in the town of Marcus, population about 180. It’s along Lake Roosevelt, about 15 miles northwest of Colville.

“These community events, the parades, the fairs, Fathers’ Day rodeo, all of those things are where you see people gathered. And we’ve always said that’s our rural form of doorbelling,” Short said.

To use a sports analogy, the match-ups are set for Washington’s 2017 general election. Voters this week narrowed the field of candidates in the primary election, setting up some interesting races for local offices.

Washington 2017 Primary Election Results

Aug 1, 2017

Spokane city voters have picked the candidates they want on the November ballot.

In the city’s Northwest district, council member Candace Mumm won nearly 54% of the vote and will face Matthew Howes, who claimed 30%,  in November.

In the Northeast district, Kate Burke won the primary with 44%; she’ll face Tim Benn, who finished second with 37%.

In the South district, council member Breean Beggs won nearly 55% of the vote in a four-way race. He’ll face Andy Dunau, who won 24%.