Inslee faces political newcomer as he seeks rare third term

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee is seeking a third term in next month’s election, something the state hasn’t seen an incumbent governor do in more than 40 years. He faces Republican Loren Culp, police chief of the small town of Republic, in the Nov. 3 election. The last three-term governor in Washington was Republican Gov. Dan Evans, who served from 1965 until 1977. Ballots will be sent to the state’s 4.6 million voters next week, and elections officials are expecting record turnout. The first and only debate between Inslee and Culp will be held Wednesday and due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the candidates will participate in the televised debate from separate rooms at the Olympia headquarters of TVW, the state’s government affairs channel.