(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
Republic Police Chief Loren Culp moves on to general against Washington Governor Jay Inslee…
We have our horse race in the 2020 General Election!
Republic Police Chief Loren Culp continued his journey into the public eye after saying he would not enforce Washington’s gun control initiative in 2016. After announcing he was running for Governor, Culp outpolled several other Republicans in the 2020 Primary Election with nearly 17 percent of the vote or over 246,000 votes to earn the GOP spot in the General Election.
Washington Governor and Democrat Jay Inslee moved on to the General with 51 percent of the vote or over 745,000 votes.
This year’s primary featured 35 candidates for governor, including a man from Chewelah – David Voltz. With that narrowed down, this election will have a NE Washington flavor as Culp has been a police officer in Ferry County seat Republic since 2010.
State Representative Joel Kretz, whose legislative district includes Republic told the Spokesman-Review that he thought Culp had a better ground game than the other Republican candidates.
“You go anywhere in the state and there’s a million Culp signs,” Kretz said.
Indeed the governor candidate even made a stop in Valley, Washington and spoke to a crowd of over 100 people over his stance of personal responsibility when it comes to COVID-19, fiscal responsibility, taking government waste out of the budget, and addressing the state’s homelessness problem.
Culp’s campaign has raised about $1.2 million, which he said the majority of donations are around $70 from private citizens.
Governor Inslee has raised $5.6 million in his relection campaign. The former U.S. Congressman and two-term governor also had a brief run for U.S. President this year.
In Stevens County, Loren Culp earned 39 percent of the vote or 2,666 votes while Governor Jay Inslee garnered 25 percent of the vote or 1,691 votes. No other candidate got more than seven percent of the vote.