Lieutenant gubernatorial race by the numbers
There are 11 people running for the office of Lieutenant Governor in Washington state, as current Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib vacates the position.
Here’s a breakdown of what each candidate for Washington’s lieutenant governor prioritized in the voter’s pamphlet, based on keywords found in their statements:
Of the 11 candidates running for Lt. Governor, only one mentioned “social justice, race, or equality.” That candidate was Jared Frerichs. These issues have become increasingly important for voters this summer since the killing of George Floyd on May 25. The final day to submit candidate statements and photos for the state voter’s pamphlet was May 22.
Two candidates mentioned “coronavirus or pandemic.” Those candidates were Marko Liias and James Rafferty.
Only one candidate mentioned the new “sex-ed” curriculum the state has adopted for instruction in districts. Candidate Richard Muri opposes the curriculum.
Five candidates mentioned “education or students.” Those candidates were Marty McClendon, Marko Liias, Michelle Jasmer, Denny Heck, and James Rafferty.
Of the 11 candidates, five candidates mentioned “tax or taxes.” Those candidates were Joseph Brumbles, Ann Davis Sattler, Marko Liias, Bill Penor, and Richard Muri.
Four of the 11 candidates mentioned “homelessness or homeless” in their statements. Those candidates were Joseph Brumbles, Ann Davis Sattler, Bill Penor, and Michelle Jasmer.
Three candidates mentioned “rights or Bill of Rights” in their statements. Those candidates were Joseph Brumbles, Richard Muri, and Marty McClendon. Marko Liias mentioned “voting rights” in his statement.
Four of the 11 candidates mentioned “environment or environmentally” in their statements. Those candidates were James Rafferty, Michelle Jasmer, Richard Muri, and Denny Heck. Candidate Joseph Brumbles mentioned clean as well as affordable energy.
Six of the 11 candidates mentioned “business” in their statements. Those candidates were Jared Frerichs, Ann Davison Sattler, Bill Penor, Michelle Jasmer, Denny Heck, and Marty McClendon.
Both Matt Seymour and Marko Liias mentioned “special interests” in their statements. They, along with Joseph Brumbles, also mentioned “parties, partisan, or bipartisan.”
The Primary election is on Tuesday, Aug. 4.