The president of Prosser’s school board appears headed to the state House of Representatives.
William “Bill” Jenkin was leading Rebecca Francik in the race for a 16th Legislative District seat on election night.
The Prosser Republican had 16,034 votes, or 63 percent, against Francik’s 9,252 votes, or 37 percent. Francik, a Democrat, lives in Pasco.
Jenkin said he’s ecstatic about the results. He praised Francik as a solid candidate who ran a clean campaign.
“We stayed with the issues,” he said. “I’m excited that voters are going to give me the opportunity to go to Olympia and work for them. It’s an opportunity to prove myself to voters.”
Francik said she’s proud of the campaign she ran and she’s grateful to her supporters.
“On federal level, people sometimes say politics and politicians are horrible. But I know that people are kind and supportive. If you run for local office, it gives you a good feeling about your community. It’s OK if we don’t always agree. There are still great people out there, agree or disagree. We are a good community,” she said.
Francik joined the Pasco City Council in 1996 and currently serves as the city’s mayor pro tem.
She grew up on a farm and studied agronomy at Washington State University, going on to earn master’s degrees in teaching and in library and information science.
She works as a teacher and librarian at Rowena Chess Elementary School in Pasco.
Jenkin is in his third year on the Prosser School Board and his second as the board’s president.
He has a financial investment firm, a winery and a tasting room, and he also owns several commercial properties in Prosser.
The 16th District covers Walla Walla and Columbia counties and parts of Benton and Franklin counties. The Position 1 term is two years.