The race for Washington State Legislative District 12, Position 1, matches up first-term Republican incumbent Keith Goehner and Democratic challenger Adrianne Moore of Winthrop. Moore works for a national nonprofit. Goehner, who lives in Dryden, is a third-generation orchardist.
The sprawling 12th District includes Chelan and Douglas counties and parts of Grant and Okanogan counties including Winthrop, Twisp, Brewster, Bridgeport, Nespelem, Grand Coulee, Chelan, Leavenworth, Cashmere, Wenatchee, East Wenatchee and Rockland.
In the August primary, Goehner claimed a substantial districtwide lead over Moore. He drew 65% of the votes in District 12, while Moore drew 35%. However, the race was much closer in Okanogan County: Goehner tallied 50.9% to Moore’s 48.9%. Only incumbent Mike Steele, a Republican, filed for the 12th Legislative District Position 2 seat. Incumbent District 12 Sen. Brad Hawkins, a Republican, was also unchallenged.
We asked each candidate to answer a series of identical questions; their responses follow. They may have been edited because of space considerations; our hope is to post their unedited statements on our website.