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Lekanoff leads race for 40th District state House seat

November 8, 2018
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Debra Lekanoff (left) is facing Michael Petrish for a state House seat representing the 40th Legislative District.

Debra Lekanoff is leading Michael Petrish with 71 percent of the vote in a state House of Representatives race for the 40th Legislative District, according to Tuesday’s early results.

Lekanoff, a Democrat, has 32,041 votes to Petrish’s 12,961.

“If there’s one thing that really stands out, it’s that the community believes in me, and I believe in the community,” she said. “I am ecstatic and ... super humbled by the 40th.”

The 40th District includes northwest Skagit County, southwest Whatcom County and all of San Juan County.

Lekanoff, an Alaska Native of Tlingit and Aleut descent, has 20 years experience working in tribal governments and currently serves as the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community’s director of governmental affairs.

If elected, she would be the first Native American woman to be elected to the state House of Representatives.

Petrish, a carpenter and union representative, supports lower taxes for businesses, securing water rights for property owners and investment in the state’s ferry system.

The two are competing to replace outgoing Rep. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes, who did not seek re-election.

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