2006 Washington State Senate Election
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2006 Washington State Senate Election
Washington State Senate elections, 2006

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24 seats of the Washington State Senate
  Majority party Minority party
Leader Lisa Brown Mike Hewitt
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat 3rd-Spokane 16th-Walla Walla

Majority Leader before election

Lisa Brown

Elected Majority Leader


The 2006 Elections in Washington include races for the US Senate, US House and Washington State Legislature. This page tracks incumbents and challengers for the Washington State Senate.[1]


Washington State Senate elections, 2006
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/-
Democratic 53.06% 26
Invalid or blank votes -- --
Totals 100.00% 49 --

After the 2004 elections, Democrats held 26 of 49 seats in the state Senate, a 1 vote majority. In November, 2006, 24 seats were up for election. Of those, 12 are held by Republicans and 12 were held by Democrats.


District Incumbent Party Elected Status 2006 Candidates & Results
District 6 Brad Benson Republican Running Brad Benson (R) 45.3%
Chris Marr (D) (cw) 54.7%
Republican Sen. Brad Benson, who served eight years in the state House of Representatives, won the Senate seat in 2004 after Jim West (R) resigned to become Spokane's mayor. He defeated West's replacement, Brian Murray, in the GOP primary and defeated Democrat Laurie Dolan, a former administrator for Spokane Public Schools who now serves as an adviser to Gov. Christine Gregoire, in the general election.

Chris Marr has been the Chair of the Spokane Chamber of Commerce, a regent at Washington State University, State transportation commissioner, chair of both Deaconess and Valley hospitals, and has been a business owner for 20 years in Spokane. This is the first time since before World War II that this district has been represented by a Democrat.

District 7 Bob Morton Republican Running Bob Morton (R) 68%
Chris Zaferes (D) 32%
This was the first time that Bob Morton had been challenged by anyone since he first won the seat in 1994. The 7th District's Senate seat has been held by a Republican since 1982.
District 8 Jerome Delvin Republican Running Jerome Delvin (R) 100%
Jerome Delvin was appointed in 2004 to replace Patricia Hale. He was challenged in 2004 by John David, and got 70.69% of the vote.
District 13 Joyce Mulliken Republican Retiring Janea Holmquist (R) 67.1%
Lisa Bowen (D) 32.9%
Joyce Mulliken, the Republican Deputy Whip, is not seeking re-election in 2006.
District 15 Jim Honeyford Republican Running Jim Honeyford (R) 62.5%
Tomás A. Villanueva (D) 37.5%
James Honeyford was unchallenged in 2002.
District 21 Paull Shin Democrat Running Paull Shin (D) 100%
Paull Shin was challenged by Cheryl Potebnya in 2002, and received 62.07% of the vote.
District 26 Robert Oke Republican Not Running Jim Hines (R) 40%
Derek Kilmer (D) 60%
Lois McMahan (R)
This is an open seat in the 2006 election. Robert Oke was challenged by Betty Ringlee in 2002, and received 50.42% of the vote. Oke is not seeking re-election in 2006.

This year's contest could have been a rematch of a 2004 House race. Lois McMahan was previously a representative in the State House of Representatives, until she was unseated by Derek Kilmer that year. Kilmer won by 555 votes (with 49.67% of the vote).

District 29 Rosa Franklin Democrat Running Rosa Franklin (D) 100%
Rosa Franklin was unchallenged in 2002.
District 30 Tracey J. Eide Democrat Running Tracey J. Eide (D) 59.5%
Renee Maher (R) 40.5%
Tracey Eide was challenged by William Moore in 2002, and received 54.05% of the vote.
District 31 Pam Roach Republican Running Pam Roach (R) 53.1%
Yvonne Ward (R) 46.9%
Pam Roach was challenged by Yvonne Ward in 2002, and received 51.69% of the vote.
District 32 Darlene Fairley Democrat Running Darlene Fairley (D) 67.6%
David Baker (R) 46.9%
Chris Eggen (D)
Darlene Fairley was challenged by Michael Plunkett in 2002, and received 61.74% of the vote.
District 33 Karen Keiser Democrat Running Karen Keiser (D) 62.5%
Karen Steele (R) 37.5%
Karen Keiser was challenged by James Russell in 2002, and received 63.37% of the vote.
District 34 Erik Poulsen Democrat Running Erik Poulsen (D) 79.75%
Paul Byrne (R) 20.25%
Erik Poulsen was unchallenged in 2002.
District 35 Tim Sheldon Democrat Running Tim Sheldon (D) 72.3%
Mark E. Shattuck (R) 27.7%
Kyle Taylor Lucas (D)
Tim Sheldon was challenged by Marilou Rickert of the Green Party in 2002, and received 78.28% of the vote.
District 36 Jeanne Kohl-Welles Democrat Running Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D) 100%
Jeanne Kohl-Welles was unchallenged in 2002.
District 37 Adam Kline Democrat Running Adam Kline (D) 86.5%
Brian Thomas (R) 13.5%
Adam Kline was unchallenged in 2002.

District 38

Jean Berkey was elected in 2002 into House Seat #2, and took the Senator position when Aaron Reardon took the position of Snohomish County Executive. Aaron was challenged by Glenn Coggeshell in 2002, and received 65.34% of the vote.

District 42

Dale Brandland was challenged by Georgia Gardner (D), Peter Tassoni (G) and Donald Crawford (L) in 2002, and received 49.25% of the vote.

District 43

Ed Murray has served the 43rd district since 1995 in the Washington State House of Representatives.

Pat Thibaudeau was challenged by Linde Knighton (G) in 2002, and received 79.04% of the vote. She announced her retirement from the Senate in May 2006, after Murray had declared his intention to challenge her for the Democratic nomination.

District 44

David Schmidt was challenged by Phil Doerflein (D) in 2002 and received 53.09% of the vote.

District 45

Incumbent Sen. Bill Finkbeiner has decided to step down, citing personal reasons. Rep. Toby Nixon has declared for the seat, leaving his House seat open.

District 46

Ken Jacobsen was unchallenged in 2002.

District 47

Stephen Johnson was challenged by Deborah Jacobson in 2002, and received 55.52% of the vote. Johnson has decided to run for Washington State Supreme Court in 2006, making this an open seat.

Steve Reichert was previously running for the Republican nomination, but withdrew due to an "old injury that has flared up"[permanent dead link].

Ed Crawford recently retired as chief of the city of Kent Police Department.

District 48

  • Luke Esser (R) - Incumbent
  • Rodney Tom (D) - Challenger
    • Rodney Tom is a 2 term Republican from the House in the 48th. On March 14, he announced that he would be seeking the Senate seat as a Democrat, asking challenger Debi Golden (www.debigolden.com) to step aside to avoid a primary election.


  1. ^ November 2006 General (Report).

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