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John Swapp
Candidate for
Washington State Senate, District 40
Bachelor'sWestern Washington University
Place of birthAnacortes, WA
ProfessionFounder and Owner of JetPoint Technologies
Campaign website
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John Swapp was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 40 of the Washington State Senate.


Campaign themes


Swapp's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Fiscal responsibility
Excerpt: "The essence of government is finding a balance between the rights of the individual and the good of society. Of course we need sensible rules and regulations. But when we have government employees writing regulations simply to justify their job we end up with an over-regulated society where uncertainty depresses business and job creation."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I am from a large family of classroom teachers, now in it's fourth generation. I know that the best way to educate students is to put a good teacher in the classroom. I support smaller class sizes and local control. Let's aim our education money at classroom teaching instead of continually expanding administration and stop adding non-educational requirements to the schools that absorb time & attention."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "In this district, ferries play a key role in our quality of life. Not only are they the highway to the San Juan Islands, they bring in tourist dollars to our local businesses. I would work hard to maintain funding for the ferry system, while advocating an audit of administrative costs."
  • Property rights and the environment
Excerpt: "I believe these two concepts are not mutually exclusive. Property owners are environmentalists too, and have an interest in preserving our unique and beautiful region. I am, however, a strong proponent of private property rights and will stand firm on that issue."
  • Social issues
Excerpt: "In general, I would like to see less involvement by government in our personal lives."



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Swapp ran in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate, District 40. Swapp advanced past the August 7 blanket primary election and was defeated by incumbent Kevin Ranker (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Washington State Senate, District 40, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Ranker Incumbent 62.9% 40,677
     Republican John Swapp 37.1% 23,959
Total Votes 64,636
Washington State Senate, District 40 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Ranker Incumbent 59.6% 18,684
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Swapp 34.4% 10,791
     Independent Jim Cozad 5.9% 1,864
Total Votes 31,339


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

John Swapp ran for the Washington House of Representatives District 40. He defeated Howard Pellett in the August 17, 2010 primary. He was defeated by Democrat Jeff Morris in the November 2, 2010 general election.[4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 40b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Morris (D) 18,348 51.56%
Green check mark transparent.png John Swapp (R) 14,575 40.95%
Howard Pellett (G) 2,666 7.49%

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Swapp has a wife, Kelly.

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