SPOKANE — It’s a foregone conclusion that a Republican will be the next state treasurer in Washington.
That’s because the two candidates running in the November election — Duane Davidson and Michael Waite — are both Republicans. It’s the first time in state history that two GOP candidates have advanced to the general election in a statewide office race.
“It’s kind of neat to be part of history,” said Davidson, 57, the treasurer in Benton County, which includes the cities of Kennewick and Richland. His opponent, Waite, 39, is an investment executive in Seattle.
Both men are seeking to replace Democrat James McIntire to become the state’s chief financial officer, responsible for managing cash flow, debt and investments. The treasurer also manages the sale of bonds that fund government projects.
A Republican has not held the office since 1957.
The top two vote-getters in the primary advance to the general election, and three Democrats split the vote, paving the way for Davidson and Waite in the general election.