State Rep. Kathy Haigh was cruising toward re-election Tuesday night over lightly funded Republican challenger Marcelino "Marco" Brown.
The candidates strongly disagreed on Haigh's proposals to offer all-day kindergarten in all school districts and to make state-subsidized child care more available. Brown advocated holding teachers more accountable for student success.
"I think the people who support me have stayed pretty strongly in support of me," Haigh said, likening her victory to other wins in recent years. She said the national lift of Democrats also helped.
Haigh, who wins her fifth term, serves the 35th district, which takes in all or part of four counties including west Thurston County. She never felt seriously challenged by Brown, the Republican, and she transferred $25,000 of the $35,000 she raised into a House Democratic account that went to help more seriously challenged Democrats around the state.
Brown, who spent just more than $3,070, serves on a fire district commission and several civic groups; he brought a varied background in real estate and work with his wife's design company.