Candidates

Steve Hobbs (incumbent)

Preferred Party: Democrat
Residence: Lake Stevens
Online: electhobbs.com
Candidate information last updated June 7, 2022

Marquez Tiggs

Preferred Party: Democrat
Residence: Seattle
Candidate information last updated June 7, 2022

Damon Townsend

Preferred Party: No Labels
Residence: Gig Harbor
Candidate information last updated May 21, 2024

Dale Whitaker

Preferred Party: Republican
Residence: Spokane
Candidate information last updated May 21, 2024

Most Recent Washington Secretary of State Stories

Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs talks to The Columbian Editorial Board in 2022.

WA Secretary of State Steve Hobbs talks misinformation, primaries

Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs talks to The Columbian Editorial Board in 2022.

March 4, 2024, 6:05am Election

As Washington voters think about what they’re going to do with their presidential primary ballots, Secretary of State Steve Hobbs has bigger concerns: how to convince voters the system is safe, secure and worth participating in. Read story

FILE - Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, a Democrat, poses for a photo before taking part in a debate, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Olympia, Wash. Washington voters will soon decide whether to elect their first Democratic secretary of state in six decades or, instead, send a long-time county auditor to be the state's first nonpartisan chief elections officer. Republicans were shut out of the state's top two primary in August, which sent Hobbs and nonpartisan Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson to the general election. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Democrat Hobbs takes early lead in secretary of state race

FILE - Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, a Democrat, poses for a photo before taking part in a debate, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Olympia, Wash. Washington voters will soon decide whether to elect their first Democratic secretary of state in six decades or, instead, send a long-time county auditor to be the state's first nonpartisan chief elections officer. Republicans were shut out of the state's top two primary in August, which sent Hobbs and nonpartisan Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson to the general election. (AP Photo/Ted S.

November 8, 2022, 9:15pm Election

Democrats are trying to win the secretary of state’s office in an election for the first time in six decades after Republicans failed to advance a candidate in the primary. Read story

Inspection board worker Frank Lesick pushes verified, counted ballots into a safe after being processed at the county elections office Monday.

Decisive Election Day nears for Clark County

Inspection board worker Frank Lesick pushes verified, counted ballots into a safe after being processed at the county elections office Monday.

November 6, 2022, 6:05am Clark County News

The Nov. 8 general election is just days away and includes key races that will impact Clark County residents at the local and national level. Read story

Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, second from right, a Democrat, and Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, left, running as a nonpartisan, shake hands after taking part in a debate, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Olympia, Wash., as moderator Melissa Santos, right, of Axios Local, looks on. Hobbs and Anderson are seeking to fill the remaining two years of the term of Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who left to take a key election security job in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Ted S.

No attack ads from Washington secretary of state candidates. What’s the race about?

Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, second from right, a Democrat, and Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, left, running as a nonpartisan, shake hands after taking part in a debate, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Olympia, Wash., as moderator Melissa Santos, right, of Axios Local, looks on. Hobbs and Anderson are seeking to fill the remaining two years of the term of Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who left to take a key election security job in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Ted S.

October 24, 2022, 6:00am Election

To hear the candidates tell it, the campaign for secretary of state in Washington is about experience. Read story

Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick and the ranking minority member of the House Public Safety Committee, speaks on the House floor, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Olympia, Wash. House members voted unanimously Thursday to approve revisions to Initiative 940, the measure voters passed in November 2018 that makes it easier to prosecute police officers for negligent shootings. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Washington Republicans push write-in for secretary of state

Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick and the ranking minority member of the House Public Safety Committee, speaks on the House floor, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Olympia, Wash. House members voted unanimously Thursday to approve revisions to Initiative 940, the measure voters passed in November 2018 that makes it easier to prosecute police officers for negligent shootings. (AP Photo/Ted S.

October 20, 2022, 6:57pm Election

The campaign for Washington’s top elections official has largely skirted the proverbial elephant in the room: the voters, egged on by some politicians and candidates, who increasingly believe the state’s elections are rife with widespread fraud. Read story

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