Rep. Kathy Haigh losing election to opponent
Rep. Kathy Haigh (D-35th), WSVMA past president and veterinarian from Shelton, trails behind Republican challenger and local fireman Dan Griffey in her bid for a ninth term in office. As of Wednesday, Nov. 12, the WA Secretary of State online election results showed Griffey was ahead 512 votes.
In a year where many Democratic incumbents are losing their races across the nation, WA appears to be no different. Three Democrats lost seats to Republican challengers this election. The House majority still remains with the Democrats, but Republicans picked up a majority in the Senate, which includes Sen. Tim Sheldon, the conservative Democrat who has caucused with the GOP coalition the past two years.
Dr. Haigh hasn’t officially conceded the election but is already talking about a new future. She will be missed in her practical approach to solving important issues in Washington. She first ran for office on an education platform but she was always the go-to person for other legislators when it came to addressing animal health, animal welfare, and veterinary issues. As the single veterinarian in the legislature, her presence will be missed.