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Dan Matthews (Washington)

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Dan Matthews
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Former candidate for
Washington State Senate, District 21
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Dan Matthews was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 21 of the Washington State Senate.[1]

Matthews was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Washington. Matthews lost in the general election.[2]


Matthews is a Boeing 747 instructor pilot.[3]


Campaign themes


Matthews did not post a campaign platform on his website, but he did release a radio ad:

Dan Matthews radio ad (audio)



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 25 districts in the Washington State Senate took place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Marko Liias (D) and Dan Matthews (R) were unopposed in the primary. Liias defeated Matthews in the general election.[1][4][5]

Washington State Senate, District 21 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarko Liias Incumbent 54.5% 20,227
     Republican Dan Matthews 45.5% 16,871
Total Votes 37,098


See also: Washington's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Matthews ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 2nd District.[6] Dan Matthews and Rick Larsen advanced past the blanket primary and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7] Larsen won.[2]

Matthews was seen by some as presenting a serious threat to Democratic incumbent Rick Larsen.[8] An analyst, however, said, "There is no way a candidate like Larsen is going to lose in 2012."[9]

Larsen led Matthews in fundraising by a fair margin, with Larsen having over $1 million and Matthews with $220,000. No other candidate raised a significant amount.[9]

U.S. House, Washington District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRick Larsen Incumbent 61.1% 184,826
     Republican Dan Matthews 38.9% 117,465
Total Votes 302,291
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Matthews' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Matthews lost an election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Matthews' campaign committee raised a total of $291,824 and spent $280,021.[10]

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