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Here are the top races to keep an eye on in Eastern Washington
Eastern Washington
Patty Murray (WA-D) and Tiffany Smiley (WA-R)

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KENNEWICK, Wash. — Primary elections are set for August 2, 2022 and communities across Eastern Washington will have the stage set for the November elections. From the U.S. Senate to the House of Representatives, the state’s political landscape is on pace for some big changes.

Here are the most important races to impact our communities with a focus on the Tri-Cities and Yakima regions.

U.S. Senate Race

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray has represented Washington in the United States Senate since 1989—one of the state’s longest-tenured active politicians to hold one position. She seeks re-election for a sixth term, but not without competition. In the 2016 Primary, Sen. Murray accumulated 53.8% of the votes, per Ballotpedia.

Pasco’s own Tiffany Smiley seeks to unseat the incumbent using a platform based on her background as a political outsider, former nurse, mother and advocate for veterans. She is running as a member of the Republican party and hopes to address homelessness, economic struggles and the state’s education system.


Washington’s Fourth Congressional District

Republican Congressman Dan Newhouse has some competition in Washington’s fourth district. Running for re-election to his fifth term, Rep. Newhouse is a Sunnyside native and Washington State University graduate who uses his platform to represent the agricultural communities of Eastern Washington.

His biggest combatant is Loren Culp, the former police chief of Republic, WA who made it to the 2020 Washington gubernatorial election. Another Tri-Cities-based candidate, Brad Klippert, is looking to make a jump from representing Washington’s 8th Legislative District.


Washington’s Eighth Congressional District

The incumbent Kim Schrier (D-WA) hopes to hold onto her role representing Chelan and Kittitas Counties along with the east side of King and Pierce Counties. She faces opposition from 10 hopefuls including two Democrats, five Republicans and three other challengers.

Secretary of State of Washington

Following eight years in the role, Secretary of State Kim Wyman stepped down toward the end of 2021 to accept a role within the Biden Administration. Governor Jay Inslee decided to appoint Steve Hobbs, a U.S. Army veteran and member of the Washington Senate, to the role during the interim. Now, a special election is being held to determine who will take the position in a complete capacity.

Before Hobbs, the previous five people to hold the Secretary of State position in Washington were Republicans. Competition stems from Pierce County auditor Julie Anderson, an independent, and former Sen. Mark Miloscia, a conservative.

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