Central Washington voters in the 14th and 15th Districts tapped Republicans Chris Corry and Jeremie Dufault for their first stints in the Legislature on Tuesday.
Corry will replace retiring state Rep. Norm Johnson, a Republican from Yakima. Dufault will take over for outgoing incumbent state Rep. David Taylor, who lost in the primary.
House 15, Position 2
Preliminary results from Tuesday’s general election show Dufault far ahead of Democrat A.J. Cooper for the Position 2 House seat.
Dufault, a real estate developer and member of the Selah City Council, was leading with 66.7 percent of the total, or 7,577 votes to 3,774.
“I’d like to thank the voters for all their support tonight; this is a great honor,” Dufault said. “I’m anxious to go to Olympia and fight for the issues I discussed on my campaign.”
Cooper — a fitness instructor, also from Selah — said she was sad, but promised to keep fighting for Valley residents.
“I’m going to hold Jeremie Dufault accountable,” she said. “I’m not done. I’m definitely going to keep fighting for the people of the Yakima Valley, just not as their representative ... they will get sick and tired of seeing me in Olympia.”
Taylor, a Republican from Moxee, held the seat for nearly a decade.
The 15th District covers parts or all of Selah, Yakima, Terrace Heights, Moxee, Union Gap, Wapato, Toppenish, Zillah, Granger, Sunnyside, Grandview and Mabton.
House 14, Position 1
Corry, a commercial insurance adviser from Yakima, had 61 percent of the vote, or 13,413 votes.
“I’m ready to get to work,” Corry said. “I’m looking forward to working with other legislators in Olympia. I’m there to fight for the values of Central Washington and everybody in this district.”
His opponent, Democrat Sasha Bentley, is a small-business and law consultant from White Salmon. She received 39 percent of the vote, or 8,497 votes.
“(The results) are a bit more disappointing that I was expecting but there’s a lot more ballots to be counted,” Bentley said. “I’m excited to see the final results.”
The 14th District includes all of Klickitat and Skamania counties and parts of Yakima and Clark counties.