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0000017b-f971-ddf0-a17b-fd73f4140000Coverage of the 2018 Elections in Spokane, throughout the region, and across the country. Support for SPR Election reporting is provided by Spokane Journal of Business, Express Employment Professionals, and SPR members.Click here for a list of 2018 Election Coverage Special Events

Race For Seventh District House Seat Features Two Democrats

Crystal Oliver

Seventh District Republican state Rep. Joel Kretz, a rancher from Wauconda, is in an unusual position. He has three opponents in the primary. One is an independent, Christine Ives from Omak. We didn’t get a response from either Kretz or Ives. The two Democrats, Mike Bell and Crystal Oliver, did answer our call.

Oliver is a co-owner of a marijuana company. She says her journey through the growing marijuana industry whetted her appetite for a bigger job, to help make the state regulatory process easier to navigate.

Credit Michael Bell
Democrat Michael Bell

Michael Bell from Nine Mile Falls is a retired CPA who spent much of his career working with rural hospitals.