State Rep. Terry R. Nealey is on track to keep his House seat representing the 16th Legislative District.
The Dayton Republican was leading with 17,589 votes, or 69 percent, against Democratic challenger Gary Downing on election night.
Downing, from Kennewick, had 7,881 votes, or 31 percent.
The 16th District covers Walla Walla and Columbia counties and parts of Benton and Franklin counties.
The term for Nealey’s Position 2 is two years.
Nealey has spent seven years in the state House and is the ranking Republican on the Finance Committee.
He’s listed education funding as a top issue and said he brings a practical approach to the Legislature.
An attorney, he spent 16 years as Columbia County prosecuting attorney and served in the Army.
Downing is an Air Force veteran who spent 30 years working in the Richland School District. He’s been involved in politics for decades, including serving as a precinct committee officer.
He also cited including serving as top issue, saying legislators haven’t done enough. He’s also said tax break reform is needed, and he pointed to homelessness and veterans issues as priorities.