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Democrats Heck, Liias advance in race for Washington lieutenant governor

The seat is open after incumbent Cyrus Habib decided to join the clergy.

Democrats Denny Heck and Marko Liias will advance to the general election for the Lieutenant Governor seat, which is being vacated by Cyrus Habib. 

As of Wednesday afternoon., Heck had received 28% of the vote and Liias received 17%. Republican Ann Davison Sattler was in third place with 12% of the vote.

The two candidates with the most votes will advance to the November general election, regardless of party. 

Nearly a dozen candidates lined up to take Habib's seat, after the Democrat announced earlier this year that he would vacate it.

Habib, an up-and-coming politician who had served in the state Legislature and served one term as lieutenant governor, said he was shifting gears and planned to join the clergy.

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The higher-profile candidates for the seat include:

  • Davison Sattler, a Republican, is a Seattle attorney who unsuccessfully ran for City Council. She also was in the front office of the Seattle SuperSonics.
  • Liias, a Democrat, is the State Senate Majority Floor Leader. He represents the 21st District, which includes Lynnwood.
  • Richard (Dick) Muri, a Republican, is a former Pierce County Council member and a state legislator who represented the 28th District, which includes Steilacoom.
  • Heck, a Democrat, is a Congressman who represents the Washington 10th District, which includes Vancouver. He also was the chief of staff of Gov. Booth Gardner.
  • Marty McClendon, a Republican, faced off with Habib in 2016. He is a radio talk-show host and former Pierce County Republican Party chair.

The complete list of candidates as they appear on the ballot, and to their information in the state voters' guide, follows: