Superintendent Chris Reykdal retains position despite controversy over sex ed bill

Covid, Sex Ed Define Washington Superintendent Race

OLYMPIA, Wash. — After a tumultuous year for public education due to the pandemic, Chris Reykdal managed to hold on to his seat as Superintendent of Public Instruction.

So far, the incumbent holds 56.77% of the vote with nearly 3 million ballots counted. His challenger, Maia Espinoza is 14.02% behind according to initial results.

Espinoza originally entered the race due to concerns over WA Referendum 90, which aims to require schools to adopt or develop age-appropriate sexual health education. That bill is also up for vote in this election.

Earlier this year Reykdal unsuccessfully sued Espinoza in a defamation lawsuit involving this bill, claiming his challenger was spreading false information about him. While the state Supreme Court did not rule on the truthiness of the statement, they said Reykdal didn’t show a “very substantial likelihood of prevailing in a defamation action.”

A former high school history teacher, Reykdal spent six years in the Washington House of Representatives before taking on the role of Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Governor – Washington State

Jay InsleeLoren Culp
  • Jay Inslee *WinnerD 57.8%
    2,164,894
  • Loren Culp  R 42.2%
    1,578,019
* Incumbent
3,742,913
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LT. Governor – Washington

Denny HeckMarko LiiasJoshua Freed
  • Denny Heck WinnerD 57.9%
    1,556,219
  • Marko Liias  D 42.1%
    1,129,526
  • Joshua Freed  R 0.0%
2,685,745
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WA Congressional District #4

Dan NewhouseDouglas McKinley
  • Dan Newhouse *WinnerR 66.3%
    157,856
  • Douglas McKinley  D 33.7%
    80,339
* Incumbent
238,195
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WA Congressional District #5

Cathy McMorris RodgersDave Wilson
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers *WinnerR 60.8%
    222,115
  • Dave Wilson  D 39.2%
    143,266
* Incumbent
365,381
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WA Congressional District #8

Kim SchrierJesse Jensen
  • Kim Schrier *WinnerD 52.4%
    202,378
  • Jesse Jensen  R 47.6%
    183,915
* Incumbent
386,293
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WA Secretary of State

Kim WymanGael Tarleton
  • Kim Wyman *WinnerR 53.0%
    1,937,111
  • Gael Tarleton  D 47.0%
    1,715,861
* Incumbent
3,652,972
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WA Attorney General

Bob FergusonMatt Larkin
  • Bob Ferguson *WinnerD 57.4%
    2,099,130
  • Matt Larkin  R 42.6%
    1,557,522
* Incumbent
3,656,652
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WA Commissioner of Public Lands

Hilary FranzSue Kuehl Pederson
  • Hilary Franz *WinnerD 57.7%
    2,086,097
  • Sue Kuehl Pederson  R 42.3%
    1,531,814
* Incumbent
3,617,911
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WA Superintendent of Public Instruction

Chris ReykdalMaia Espinoza
  • Chris Reykdal *WinnerNP 55.6%
    1,840,047
  • Maia Espinoza  NP 44.4%
    1,468,123
* Incumbent
3,308,170
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Benton, Franklin Superior Court, Judge Position 1

Dave PetersenSharon Brown
  • Dave Petersen  NP 60.6%
    64,699
  • Sharon Brown  NP 39.4%
    42,138
106,837
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WA State Representative Pos. 1 – District 8

Brad KlippertShir Regev
  • Brad Klippert *WinnerR 66.1%
    50,860
  • Shir Regev  D 33.9%
    26,135
* Incumbent
76,995
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WA State Representative Pos. 2 – District 8

Matt BoehnkeLarry Stanley
  • Matt Boehnke *WinnerR 79.5%
    57,787
  • Larry Stanley  O 20.5%
    14,901
* Incumbent
72,688
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WA State Senate – District 9

Mark G. SchoeslerJenn Goulet
  • Mark G. Schoesler *WinnerR 66.3%
    37,724
  • Jenn Goulet  D 33.7%
    19,135
* Incumbent
56,859
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WA State Representative Pos. 1 – District 9

Mary DyeBrett Borden
  • Mary Dye WinnerR 75.9%
    41,826
  • Brett Borden  L 24.1%
    13,294
55,120
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WA State Representative Pos. 1 – District 13

Tom DentEduardo Castaneda-Diaz
  • Tom Dent *WinnerR 71.0%
    35,931
  • Eduardo Castaneda-Diaz  D 29.0%
    14,685
* Incumbent
50,616
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WA State Representative Pos. 1 – District 14

Chris CorryTracy Rushing
  • Chris Corry * R 59.3%
    28,116
  • Tracy Rushing  D 40.7%
    19,313
* Incumbent
47,429
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WA State Representative Pos. 2 – District 14

Gina MosbruckerDevin Kuh
  • Gina Mosbrucker *WinnerR 59.8%
    28,166
  • Devin Kuh  D 40.2%
    18,908
* Incumbent
47,074
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WA State Representative Pos. 1 – District 15

Bruce ChandlerJack McEntire
  • Bruce Chandler * R 57.9%
    15,712
  • Jack McEntire  D 42.1%
    11,414
* Incumbent
27,126
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WA State Representative Pos. 2 – District 15

Jeremie DufaultAJ Cooper
  • Jeremie Dufault * R 59.2%
    16,065
  • AJ Cooper  D 40.8%
    11,086
* Incumbent
27,151
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WA State Senator – District 16

Perry DozierDanielle Garbe Reser
  • Perry Dozier  R 58.7%
    27,042
  • Danielle Garbe Reser  D 41.3%
    19,021
46,063
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WA State Representative Pos. 1 – District 16

Mark KlickerFrances Chvatal
  • Mark Klicker WinnerR 62.7%
    27,146
  • Frances Chvatal  D 37.3%
    16,115
43,261
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WA State Representative Pos. 2 – District 16

Skyler RudeCarly Coburn
  • Skyler Rude *WinnerR 67.5%
    29,089
  • Carly Coburn  D 32.5%
    14,015
* Incumbent
43,104
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WA Referendum 90

The legislature passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5395 concerning comprehensive sexual health education. This bill would require school districts to adopt or develop, consistent with state standards, comprehensive age-appropriate sexual health education, as defined, for all students, and excuse students if their parents request.

  • Approved Winner 58.5%
    2,137,563
  • Rejected   41.5%
    1,517,768
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Benton County Commissioner District 1

Jerome DelvinJustin Raffa
  • Jerome Delvin * R 61.9%
    52,874
  • Justin Raffa  D 38.1%
    32,569
* Incumbent
85,443
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Benton County Commissioner District 3

Will McKayJames R. Beaver
  • Will McKay  R 60.8%
    47,014
  • James R. Beaver * R 39.2%
    30,367
* Incumbent
77,381
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Franklin County Commissioner District 1

Brad PeckKim Lehrman
  • Brad Peck * R 53.4%
    12,805
  • Kim Lehrman  D 46.6%
    11,188
* Incumbent
23,993
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Franklin County Commissioner District 2

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  • Rocky Mullen  R 60.1%
    17,506
  • Ana Ruiz Peralta  D 39.9%
    11,613
29,119
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Kittitas County Commissioner District 1

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    10,614
  • Kristin Ashley  R 40.4%
    7,209
17,823
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Kittitas County Commissioner District 2

Laura OsiadaczJerry Martens
  • Laura Osiadacz * R 68.1%
    12,117
  • Jerry Martens  R 31.9%
    5,687
* Incumbent
17,804
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Walla Walla County Commissioner District 1

Jenny MayberryRoger Esparza
  • Jenny Mayberry  R 52.5%
    7,954
  • Roger Esparza  R 47.5%
    7,206
15,160
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Yakima County Commissioner District 1

Amanda McKinneyVicki Baker
  • Amanda McKinney  R 55.2%
    27,638
  • Vicki Baker  R 44.8%
    22,392
50,030
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