Washington State Senate elections, 2006
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|Elections in Washington|
The 2006 Elections in Washington will include races for the US Senate, US House and Washington State Legislature. This page tracks incumbents and challengers for the Washington State Senate.
|Washington State Senate elections, 2006|
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After the 2004 elections, Democrats held 26 of 49 seats in the state Senate, a 1 vote majority. In November, 2006, 24 seats were up for election. Of those, 12 are held by Republicans and 12 were held by Democrats.
|District||Incumbent||Party||Elected||Status||2006 Candidates & Results|
|District 6||Brad Benson||Republican||Running||Brad Benson (R) 45.3%
Chris Marr (D) (cw) 54.7%
|Republican Sen. Brad Benson, who served eight years in the state House of Representatives, won the Senate seat in 2004 after Jim West (R) resigned to become Spokane's mayor. He defeated West's replacement, Brian Murray, in the GOP primary and defeated Democrat Laurie Dolan, a former administrator for Spokane Public Schools who now serves as an adviser to Gov. Christine Gregoire, in the general election.
Chris Marr has been the Chair of the Spokane Chamber of Commerce, a regent at Washington State University, State transportation commissioner, chair of both Deaconess and Valley hospitals, and has been a business owner for 20 years in Spokane. This is the first time since before World War II that this district has been represented by a Democrat.
|District 7||Bob Morton||Republican||Running||Bob Morton (R) 68%
Chris Zaferes (D) 32%
|This was the first time that Bob Morton had been challenged by anyone since he first won the seat in 1994. The 7th District's Senate seat has been held by a Republican since 1982.|
|District 8||Jerome Delvin||Republican||Running||Jerome Delvin (R) 100%|
|Jerome Delvin was appointed in 2004 to replace Patricia Hale. He was challenged in 2004 by John David, and got 70.69% of the vote.|
|District 13||Joyce Mulliken||Republican||Retiring||Janea Holmquist (R) 67.1%
Lisa Bowen (D) 32.9%
|Joyce Mulliken, the Republican Deputy Whip, is not seeking re-election in 2006.|
|District 15||Jim Honeyford||Republican||Running||Jim Honeyford (R) 62.5%
Tomás A. Villanueva (D) 37.5%
|James Honeyford was unchallenged in 2002.|
|District 21||Paull Shin||Democrat||Running||Paull Shin (D) 100%|
|Paull Shin was challenged by Cheryl Potebnya in 2002, and received 62.07% of the vote.|
|District 26||Robert Oke||Republican||Not Running||Jim Hines (R) 40%
Derek Kilmer (D) 60%
|This is an open seat in the 2006 election. Robert Oke was challenged by Betty Ringlee in 2002, and received 50.42% of the vote. Oke is not seeking re-election in 2006.
This year's contest could have been a rematch of a 2004 House race. Lois McMahan was previously a representative in the State House of Representatives, until she was unseated by Derek Kilmer that year. Kilmer won by 555 votes (with 49.67% of the vote).
|District 29||Rosa Franklin||Democrat||Running||Rosa Franklin (D) 100%|
|Rosa Franklin was unchallenged in 2002.|
|District 30||Tracey J. Eide||Democrat||Running||Tracey J. Eide (D) 59.5%
Renee Maher (R) 40.5%
|Tracey Eide was challenged by William Moore in 2002, and received 54.05% of the vote.|
|District 31||Pam Roach||Republican||Running||Pam Roach (R) 53.1%
Yvonne Ward (R) 46.9%
|Pam Roach was challenged by Yvonne Ward in 2002, and received 51.69% of the vote.|
|District 32||Darlene Fairley||Democrat||Running||Darlene Fairley (D) 67.6%
David Baker (R) 46.9%
|Darlene Fairley was challenged by Michael Plunkett in 2002, and received 61.74% of the vote.|
|District 33||Karen Keiser||Democrat||Running||Karen Keiser (D) 62.5%
Karen Steele (R) 37.5%
|Karen Keiser was challenged by James Russell in 2002, and received 63.37% of the vote.|
|District 34||Erik Poulsen||Democrat||Running||Erik Poulsen (D) 79.75%
Paul Byrne (R) 20.25%
|Erik Poulsen was unchallenged in 2002.|
|District 35||Tim Sheldon||Democrat||Running||Tim Sheldon (D) 72.3%
Mark E. Shattuck (R) 27.7%
|Tim Sheldon was challenged by Marilou Rickert of the Green Party in 2002, and received 78.28% of the vote.|
|District 36||Jeanne Kohl-Welles||Democrat||Running||Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D) 100%|
|Jeanne Kohl-Welles was unchallenged in 2002.|
|District 37||Adam Kline||Democrat||Running||Adam Kline (D) 86.5%
Brian Thomas (R) 13.5%
|Adam Kline was unchallenged in 2002.|
- Jean Berkey (D) - Incumbent
Jean Berkey was elected in 2002 into House Seat #2, and took the Senator position when Aaron Reardon took the position of Snohomish County Executive. Aaron was challenged by Glenn Coggeshell in 2002, and received 65.34% of the vote.
- Dale E. Brandland (R) - Incumbent
- Jesse M. Salomon (D) - Challenger
- Pat Thibaudeau (D) - Incumbent, stepping down
- Rep. Ed Murray (D)
- Loren Nelson (R)
Ed Murray has served the 43rd district since 1995 in the Washington State House of Representatives.
Pat Thibaudeau was challenged by Linde Knighton (G) in 2002, and received 79.04% of the vote. She announced her retirement from the Senate in May 2006, after Murray had declared his intention to challenge her for the Democratic nomination.
- Dave Schmidt (R) - Incumbent
- Steve Hobbs (D) - Challenger
- Website: http://www.electhobbs.com/
- Lillian Kaufer (D) - Challenger
- Website: http://lillianforsenate.com/
David Schmidt was challenged by Phil Doerflein (D) in 2002 and received 53.09% of the vote.
Incumbent Sen. Bill Finkbeiner has decided to step down, citing personal reasons. Rep. Toby Nixon has declared for the seat, leaving his House seat open.
Ken Jacobsen was unchallenged in 2002.
- Mike Riley (R)
- Website: http://riley4senate.com/
- Ed Crawford (D)
- Website: http://www.edcrawfordforsenate.com/
- Claudia Kauffman (D)
- Website: http://www.claudiaforsenate.com/
Steve Reichert was previously running for the Republican nomination, but withdrew due to an "old injury that has flared up".
Ed Crawford recently retired as chief of the city of Kent Police Department.
- Luke Esser (R) - Incumbent
- Rodney Tom (D) - Challenger
- Rodney Tom is a 2 term Republican from the House in the 48th. On March 14, he announced that he would be seeking the Senate seat as a Democrat, asking challenger Debi Golden (www.debigolden.com) to step aside to avoid a primary election.