Shea, McCaslin sweep Democratic hopefuls in Spokane Valley’s 4th Legislative District
Republican state Reps. Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin have fended off Democratic challengers in Eastern Washington’s 4th Legislative District.
Shea garnered more than 58 percent of the vote, according to the ballot count as of Tuesday evening. Shea, who chairs the House GOP caucus, is a polarizing lawmaker who espouses far-right conspiracy theories and recently alienated campaign donors with a document titled “Biblical Basis for War.”
His election opponent, Ted Cummings, works at Kaiser Aluminum and runs a small ranching operation in Chattaroy.
McCaslin had more than 61 percent of the vote in his race Tuesday evening, the early returns showed. He was first elected to the House in 2014 and has sponsored legislation with Shea aiming to turn Eastern Washington into a 51 state called Liberty.
His opponent, Mary May, has worked as a city planner in Southern California and Spokane Valley, and as a regulatory consultant for the Washington governor’s office.
The 4th District covers Spokane Valley and a northeast portion of Spokane County, abutting the Washington-Idaho border.