Mary Baechler

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Mary Baechler
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U.S. House, Washington, District 4
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Mary Baechler was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Washington. She lost in the November general election.[1]

Baechler is a former midwife and founder of a stroller company.[2]


Campaign themes


According to her website, Baechler's campaign platform included the following issues[3]:

  • Protect Social Security and Medicare
  • Help the economy through fair taxation
  • Full health care and equal pay for women



See also: Washington's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Baechler ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 4th District. She and Doc Hastings advanced past the blanket primary and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4] Hastings won.[1]

Republican incumbent Doc Hastings won with almost 68% of the vote in 2010. In 2012, he was challenged by fellow Republican Jamie Wheeler and Democrats Baechler and Mohammad Said.

As of late July, Hastings had a huge lead in fundraising.[5] Physician Said and tea party activist Wheeler had under $5,000 each, with professional community organizer Baechler just exceeding that in the last reporting period.[5]

On the issues, Hastings had a record of supporting budget cuts and opposing the Affordable Care Act. Wheeler wanted to defund several major federal agencies. Palestinian-born Said focused on foreign policy issues, wanting a nuclear-free Middle East. Baechler sought to defend Social Security and Medicare programs.[5]

The district Democratic Party backed Baechler.[5]

U.S. House, Washington District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoc Hastings Incumbent 66.2% 154,749
     Democratic Mary Baechler 33.8% 78,940
Total Votes 233,689
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Washington District 4 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoc Hastings (R) Incumbent 59.3% 60,774
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Baechler (D) 26.5% 27,130
Jaime Wheeler (R) 11.3% 11,581
Mohammad H. Said (D) 2.9% 2,958
Total Votes 102,443

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Baechler's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Baechler lost an election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Baechler's campaign committee raised a total of $34,202 and spent $30,357.[6]

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