Regional Elections - 2020

Wyman Says Private Voter Turnout Website Isn't Nefarious

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Washington’s Secretary of State says a private website that is providing information about voter turnout in the state is apparently on the up and up.

Kim Wyman told reporters Thursday that she and representatives from the Department of Homeland Security held a Zoom call this week with the two men who created VoteWashington.info. It provides not only stats about turnout, but also gives voters a chance to search to find out the status of their - and others' - ballots.

Courtesy of Timm Ormsby

Democratic Representative Timm Ormsby is running for re-election against Republican Bob Apple, a former Spokane city councilman, in Washington’s Third Legislative District. Ormsby chairs the House Appropriations Committee, which writes that chamber’s version of a state budget.

Apple did not answer our requests for an interview. Ormsby did.

You can hear our entire interviews with the candidates at our website, but we provide short segments here as part of our SPR Voters’ Guide series.

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Washington’s race for lieutenant governor is getting extra attention this year because it’s the only statewide race with no incumbent. It’s also the only race with two candidates from the same party.

Democrats Denny Heck and Marko Liias faced off Thursday evening in a debate shown statewide on TVW.

Courtesy of JJ Wandler

Republican Representative Joel Kretz is running for re-election against independent candidate JJ Wandler in Washington’s Seventh Legislative District. 

Kretz did not answer our requests for an interview. Wandler did.

You can hear our entire interviews with the candidates at our website, but we provide short segments here as part of our SPR Voters’ Guide series.

Maycumber, Davenport Vie For Seventh District House Seat

Oct 21, 2020
Washington House Republican communications

Republican Representative Jacquelin Maycumber is running for re-election against Democrat Georgia Davenport in Washington’s Seventh Legislative District. 

You can hear our entire interviews with the candidates at our website, but we provide short segments here as part of our SPR Voters’ Guide series.

Washington House Republican communications

Republican Rep. Jenny Graham is running for re-election against Democrat Tom McGarry in Washington’s Sixth Legislative District. 

You can hear our entire interviews with the candidates at our website, but we provide short segments here as part of our SPR Voters’ Guide series.

Washington House Republican communications

Republican Representative Mike Volz is running for a third term against Democrat Zack Zappone in Washington’s Sixth Legislative District. 

You can hear our entire interviews with the candidates at our website, but we provide short  segments here as part of our SPR Voters’ Guide series.

McMorris Rodgers, Wilson Held Final Debate Today

Oct 19, 2020
KSPS Public Television

Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her challenger Dave Wilson finished their election debate season Monday with a forum at KSPS Public Television.

Among the issues they discussed was health care and the possibility that the Supreme Court could rule the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional.

The candidates were asked what they would include as part of a new health care proposal.

Idaho U.S. Senate Candidates Debate

Oct 18, 2020
Idaho Public Television

Three U.S. Senate candidates from Idaho laid out their positions on issues Friday for a statewide public TV audience. Because of the pandemic, the candidates were interviewed separately instead of gathering for a joint appearance.

Courtesy of Marcus Riccelli

Democratic Rep. Marcus Riccelli is running for another term against Republican Laura Carder in Washington’s Third Legislative District. 

Courtesy of Rob Chase

Voters in Washington’s Fourth Legislative District are choosing between two candidates to fill an open seat in the state House of Representatives.

The candidates are Democrat Lance Gurel, who ran unsuccessfully last year for a seat on the Spokane Valley City Council, and Republican Rob Chase. He’s a former two-term Spokane County treasurer who started this election cycle challenging Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers before switching to run for the state House. He was encouraged to run by the departing representative, Matt Shea.

Spokane County To Open Voter Center On Friday

Oct 15, 2020
Visit Spokane


If you need to do voting-related business between now and Election Day in Washington, you have a few options. You can do it online at the Secretary of State’s website, votewa.gov. Or you can drop into your local county elections office and talk with a human being.

Between today and Election Day, Spokane County residents who want to do their business in-person but who don’t want to drive downtown can now stop at a newly-opened voter center at CenterPlace in Spokane Valley.

Washington Senate Republicans

Spokane Valley state Senator Mike Padden is running for another term in Washington’s Fourth Legislative District. The Republican is a former District Court. He’s challenged by Democrat John Roskelley, a former Spokane County Commissioner and world-famous mountaineer.

You can hear our entire interviews with Mike Padden and John Roskelley at our website, but we provide shorter bites here as part of our SPR Voters’ Guide series.

Doing Your Voting Homework? Check Out These Debates

Oct 14, 2020
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Candidate debates are a traditional way for voters to get to know candidates. Some are formal, others less so.

Democrats Marko Liias and Denny Heck held a debate last Thursday on statewide television. You can stream it on TVW or hear it Thursday at noon on KPBX or Thursday at 6 pm on KSFC.

Here are other debates featuring candidates for public office in Washington and Idaho, with links you can click to watch.

Washington Senate Democrats

Andy Billig is running for a third term as a state senator in Washington’s Third Legislative District. The Democrat from Spokane serves as Senate Majority Leader. He’s challenged by Republican Dave Lucas, who ran two years ago for the state House in the Third District.

Courtesy of Dave Lucas

Republican Dave Lucas is running for the Senate seat in Washington’s Third Legislative District. His opponent is Sen. Andy Billig [D-Spokane]. In this interview, Lucas talks with Doug Nadvornick about the issues he considers most important for the 2021 legislature. Doug also asks his positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Washington House Republican communications


Rep. Bob McCaslin [R-Spokane Valley]  is running for re-election to the state House seat in the Fourth Legislative District that he has held for three terms. His opponent is Democrat Lori Feagan.

Doug Nadvornick asks his views on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

TVW Video Voters' Guide

Washington State Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is running for a second term. Franz is a Democrat. Her challenger is Republican Sue Kuehl Pederson.

We hear now from the candidates for TVW’s Video Voters Guide series.

Washington Voters Aren't Waiting Long To Return Ballots

Oct 12, 2020
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Spokane area voters are marking and returning their ballots early this season.

Sandra Noe says she was dropping off her ballot and her husband’s ballot at the post office on Geiger Boulevard in west Spokane today [Monday]. She says it was so full that she couldn’t get them in. Not only that, she says, as she pulled them out, several others came with them.

Courtesy of Lori Feagan

Lori Feagan is a Spokane Valley nurse practitioner who is running for a state House in Washington's Fourth Legislative District. Her opponent is Rep. Bob McCaslin [R-Spokane Valley].

Doug Nadvornick asks her views on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

WA School Superintendent Challenged By Latino Leader

Oct 12, 2020
TVW Video Voters' Guide

Washington State Superintendent Chris Reykdal faces a challenge from Maia Espinoza as he runs for a second term.

We hear now from the candidates for TVW’s Video Voters Guide series.

Courtesy of JJ Wandler


JJ Wandler is a Spokane businessowner (and Seattle restaurant owner) who is running as an independent candidate for a state House seat in Washington’s Seventh Legislative District. His opponent is Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda), who hasn’t answered our requests for an interview.

Doug Nadvornick asks Wandler’s positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Courtesy of Timm Ormsby

Rep. Timm Ormsby [D-Spokane] is running for re-election to the Washington state House in the Third Legislative District. His opponent is Republican Bob Apple, who hasn’t answered our requests for an interviews.

Doug Nadvornick asks Ormsby’s positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Courtesy of Georgia Davenport

Democrat Georgia Davenport is challenging Republican Representative Jacquelin Maycumber for a seat in the state House in Washington’s Seventh Legislative District.

Doug Nadvornick asks her positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Washington House Republican communications

Republican Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber [R-Republic] is running for a third term in the state House in Washington’s Seventh Legislative District. She’s challenged by Democrat Georgia Davenport.  

Doug Nadvornick asks her positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Republican Laura Carder is challenging Marcus Riccelli for a state House seat in Washington’s Third Legislative District.

Doug Nadvornick asks her positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Courtesy of Marcus Riccelli

Marcus Riccelli is a Democratic state representative in Washington’s Third District. He’s challenged by Republican Laura Carder

Doug Nadvornick asks his positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Courtesy of Tom McGarry

Tom McGarry is a Spokane attorney and commissioner for Spokane Valley Fire District 9. He’s a Democrat. He’s challenging Rep. Jenny Graham [R-Spokane] for the state House seat she holds in Washington’s Sixth Legislative District.  

Doug Nadvornick asks his positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Washington House Republican communications

Rep. Jenny Graham [R-Spokane] is running for a second term in the state House in Washington’s Sixth Legislative District. She’s challenged by Democrat Tom McGarry.  

Doug Nadvornick asks her positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

TVW Video Voters' Guide

Mike Kreidler is the dean of Washington statewide elected officials. The Democrat is seeking his sixth term as insurance commissioner. He’s challenged by Republican Chirayu Patel from Tacoma.

Here are their statements for TVW’s Video Voters Guide series.

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