Kathleen Drew

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Kathleen Drew
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Candidate for
Secretary of State of Washington
Prior offices
King County Representative
Bachelor'sOhio University
Date of birthOctober 23, 1960
Personal website
Campaign website
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Kathleen Drew (b. October 23, 1960) is a former member of the Washington State Legislature, representing East King County and a former 2012 Democratic candidate for Washington Secretary of State. She was defeated by Republican Kim Wyman in the general election.

Drew has previously worked as an adviser to retiring incumbent Gov. Christine Gregoire on environmental policy.[1]


  • B.A. in Political Science, Ohio University



See also: Washington secretary of state election, 2012
Washington Secretary of State General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKim Wyman 50.4% 1,464,741
     Democratic Kathleen Drew 49.6% 1,442,868
Total Votes 2,907,609
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.

Drew was a Democratic candidate in the 2012 race for secretary of state. She faced 6 others in the August 7 primary race, in which she received the second highest number of votes among the candidates, earning one of two available slots on the general election ballot. The other slot went to first place finisher, [{Republican]] Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman, who defeated Drew by a narrow margin in November.[2] Drew conceded the election to Wyman on November 10th, six days after the general election took place.[3]

Washington Secretary of State, Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKim Wyman 39.8% 528,754
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Drew 21.7% 289,052
     Democratic Greg Nickels 15.9% 210,832
     Democratic Jim Kastama 13.9% 185,425
     Constitution Party Karen Murray 3.8% 50,888
     No Party Preference David Anderson 3.3% 44,276
     Human Rights Party Sam Wright 1.6% 20,809
Total Votes 1,330,036
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State (dead link)'

She boasts "over 25 years experience as a results-oriented, effective public service manager for the people of Washington State."[4]

Issue positions

Kathleen Drew is running for Washington Secretary of State in 2012
  • Elections

As laid out on her campaign website, Drew's main campaign platform is to "ensure impartial and fair elections, streamline services, and increase community and civic engagement."[4]

  • Increase voter registration

In her campaign advertisement, Drew says that Washington misses out on a useful opportunity to register people to vote when they receive their drivers licenses because those getting their licenses are too young. To counteract this, she wants to institute programs for pre-registering voters at the time they receive their licenses, and also Election Day registration.[5]

  • Voter-ID law

Drew is against legislation which would require voter photo identification at the polls. She said she "opposes efforts to suppress or discourage any groups or individuals from voting."[6]


Drew was endorsed by current Governor Christine Gregoire.[7]

Campaign donors


Drew lost the election to the position of Washington Secretary of State in 2012. During that election cycle, Drew raised a total of $381,108.


Drew is married to Thurston County Assessor Steven Drew, and they have one son, Philip.



120 State Ave NE #1042
Olympia WA, 98501
(206) 979-5467

Email: kathleendrew2012@gmail.com

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