The Green Papers: Washington 2015 General Election
 
This page is for offices up for election in 2015. Find 2016 elections here.

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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:6,753,369 (2.18% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:12(2.23% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:10(2.30% of 435)
Capital:Olympia
 

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Washington State and Local Government

Washington 2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


Washington State’s Top Two Primary

  • The two candidates who receive the most votes in the primary and receive at least 1% of the votes cast qualify for the general election.
  • Each candidate for partisan office may state a political party that he or she prefers. A candidate's preference does not imply that the candidate is nominated or endorsed by the party, or that the party approves of or associates with that candidate.
  • To trigger a mandatory machine recount, the difference between the top two vote-getters must be less than 2,000 votes and less than 0.5% of the total number of votes cast for both candidates.
  • To trigger a manual recount in a statewide election, the difference between the top two vote-getters must be less than 1,000 votes and less 0.25% of the total number of votes cast for both candidates.
 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 114th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator Maria E. Cantwell
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2006, 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Senator Maria E. Cantwell
FEC S8WA00194

Class 3 Democratic Senator Patricia L. "Patty" Murray
First elected: 1992; re-elected: 1998, 2004, 2010.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list
  Candidate Independent     Ted Cummings
FEC S4WA00524
  Candidate Democratic     Pavel Goberman
  Candidate Democratic     Senator Patricia L. "Patty" Murray
FEC S2WA00189; 30 Sep 15; Tot $3,921,376; Dsb $1,104,183
  Candidate Not readily classifiable     Alex Tsimerman
Party affiliation: Standup America

FEC S6WA00339
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Chris Vance
FEC S6WA00321; 30 Sep 15; Tot $17,888; Dsb $4,446

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016. Term Limit: None, All Governors

  Democratic Governor Jay R. Inslee
First elected: 2012
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list
  Candidate Republican     Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

  Democratic Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen
First elected: 1996; re-elected: 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator Karen Fraser
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator Cyrus Habib

114th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2016, 2018. No Term Limit. 114th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
6 Democratic (6 Undetermined);
4 Republican (4 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 1 Democratic Congressman Suzan Kay DelBene
First elected in a special election for the 112th Congress and in a concurrent regular election to the 113th Congress: 6 November 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Suzan Kay DelBene
FEC H0WA08046; 30 Sep 15; Tot $699,340; Dsb $289,785
  Candidate Republican     state Representative Elizabeth Scott
FEC H6WA01170; 30 Sep 15; Tot $51,445; Dsb $27,916

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 2 Democratic Congressman Richard Ray "Rick" Larsen
First elected: 2000
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Richard Ray "Rick" Larsen
FEC H0WA02080; 30 Sep 15; Tot $311,220; Dsb $259,768

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman Jaime Lynn Herrera Beutler
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Jaime Lynn Herrera Beutler
FEC H0WA03187; 30 Sep 15; Tot $438,843; Dsb $337,175
  Candidate Democratic     Angela Kaye Marx
FEC H6WA03176; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,904; Dsb -$2,101
  Candidate Democratic     David Malcolm McDevitt
FEC H6WA03184

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 4 Republican Congressman Daniel Milton "Dan" Newhouse
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Daniel Milton "Dan" Newhouse
FEC H4WA04104; 30 Sep 15; Tot $407,949; Dsb $228,806

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 5 Republican Congressman Cathy Ann McMorris Rodgers
First elected: 2004
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Thomas M. "Tom" Horne
FEC H6WA05148; 30 Sep 15; Tot $0; Dsb $0
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Cathy Ann McMorris Rodgers
FEC H4WA05077; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,184,618; Dsb $1,003,888
  Candidate Democratic     Joseph A. "Joe" Pakootas
FEC H4WA05127; 30 Sep 15; Tot $39,584; Dsb $43,310

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 6 Democratic Congressman Derek Kilmer
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Derek Kilmer
FEC H2WA06129; 30 Sep 15; Tot $756,655; Dsb $341,582

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 7 Democratic Congressman James Adelbert "Jim" McDermott
First elected: 1988
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman James Adelbert "Jim" McDermott
FEC H8WA07132; 30 Sep 15; Tot $189,223; Dsb $164,587

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 8 Republican Congressman Dave Reichert
First elected: 2004
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Dave Reichert
FEC H4WA08071; 30 Sep 15; Tot $455,861; Dsb $245,605
  Candidate Democratic     Jason Ritchie
FEC H4WA08121; 30 Sep 15; Tot $49,598; Dsb $51,314

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 9 Democratic Congressman David Adam "Adam" Smith
First elected: 1996
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman David Adam "Adam" Smith
FEC H6WA09025; 30 Sep 15; Tot $290,230; Dsb $191,179

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 10 Democratic Congressman Dennis "Denny" Heck
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Dennis "Denny" Heck
FEC H0WA03161; 30 Sep 15; Tot $511,246; Dsb $193,377

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

  Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

  Democratic Attorney General Bob Ferguson
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

  Democratic Treasurer James L. "Jim" McIntire
First elected: 2008; re-elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

  Democratic Auditor Troy Kelley
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
16 April 2015: Auditor Troy Kelley (Democratic) is indicted on 10 felonies involving tax evasion, lying under oath, and keeping stolen money. He will take a "leave of absence" beginning on 1 May 2015.

Commissioner of Public Lands  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

  Democratic Public Lands Commissioner Peter James Goldmark
First elected: 2008; re-elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016

Insurance Commissioner  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

  Democratic Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2004, 2008, 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016

Superintendent of Public Instruction  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

  Nonpartisan Public Instruction Superintendent Randy I. Dorn
First elected: 2008; re-elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Erin Jones
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative Chris Reykdal
 All candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction appear on the Primary ballot. If any candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in the Primary, he or she goes on the General Election ballot alone. If no candidate receives a majority, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes go on the General Election ballot. [RCW 29A.36.171]
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 15 incumbents, 17 candidates
  Republican: 5 incumbents, 8 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian
Other Third Parties
  Christian Liberty
  Right to Life
  Socialist Alternative
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 1 candidate
  Nonpartisan: 1 incumbent
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Not readily classifiable: 1 candidate
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  Washington State Constitution
Election Authority
  Public Disclosure Commission
  Secretary of State's Office
  Washington Secretary of State - Elections & Voting
  Washington Secretary of State - Elections & Voting
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Washington State Legislature
  Washington State Legislature - House of Representatives
  Washington State Senate
Democratic
  Washington State Democrats
Republican
  Washington State Republican Party
Third Party
  Christian Liberty Party of Washington
  Communist Party - Washington State District
  Constitution Party of Washington State
  Green Party of Washington
  Human Life of Washington
  Libertarian Party of Washington State
  Socialist Alternative
  The Unity Party of Washington
Media & others
  KING TV - Seattle
  KREM TV - Spokane
  More Voter Choice
  Northwest Daily Marker - Redmond
  PNWLocalNews - Western Washington News, Sports, Entertainment
  Politics1.com - Washington
  Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  Sound Politics - Seattle - Puget Sound
  Spokane Valley Online
  The Bellingham Herald
  The Chronicle - Centralia
  The Daily Herald - Everett
  The Daily News - Longview
  The News Tribune - Tacoma
  The Olympian - Olympia
  The Seattle Times
  The Spokesman-Review - Spokane
  Tri-City Herald - Kennewick - Pasco - Richland
  Washington Voter - League of Women Voters of Washington
  Yakima Herald-Republic

 


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