Mary Ruth Edwards

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Mary Edwards
Former candidate for
Washington House of Representatives, District 16a
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sEverett Community College
Bachelor'sCentral Washington University
Master'sWhitworth University
OtherWestern Washington University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps.
Campaign website
Mary Edwards was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 16a of the Washington House of Representatives.[1]


After earning her A.A.S. from Everett Community College, Edwards went on to earn her B.S. in business from Central Washington University in 1992. She later earned her teaching certificate from Western Washington University in 2005 and her Master's in elementary education from Whitworth University in 2009.[2]

Edwards worked in administrative support and customer service from 1980 through 2005. From 1986 through 1988, she served in the United States Marine Corps as a ground radio repairman. Since 2006, she has worked as an elementary school teacher.[2]


Campaign themes


Edwards listed the following themes on her campaign website:[3]

  • Gun control
Excerpt: "Gun control is NOT in the Second Amendment. If we lose our right to bear arms, we lose everything. The people of the 16th district understand this. They also don't want their gun rights impaired and, as evidenced in the 2013 legislative session, loudly voiced their opinion regarding universal background checks - they don't want them!"
  • Abortion
Excerpt: "I believe in the right to life for all people, from conception to natural death."


Edwards's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

Defending Our Families

  • Excerpt:"Homosexuals and Lesbians have a right to live as they choose; they don’t have the right to redefine marriage for all of us. In Olympia, I will work to repeal the same-sex marriage law recently passed, if not repealed via referendum at the ballot box."

Reclaim Education

  • Excerpt:"Decisions as to how our children are to be educated should be made by parents and Washington State - not the federal government! I believe parents should have a choice on how their children are educated and when. Charter schools, online schools, home school, public school - there are many ways to educate our children."

Restoring Our State

  • Excerpt:"The closer civil government is to the people, the more responsible, responsive, and accountable it is likely to be. I will work with other conservatives in the legislature to restore our state sovereignty, and preserve individual property rights."

Cost of Big Government

  • Excerpt:" I pledge to the constituents of the 16th District that I will not procrastinate or avoid working on critical issues such as the budget. We elect representatives to take their jobs seriously, not deal with superficial issues above critical ones."


  • Excerpt:"When I am representing you in Olympia, I will support and vote for this bill to opt out of Obamacare."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 49 districts (98 seats) in the Washington House of Representatives 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 Maureen Walsh (R) and Mary Ruth Edwards (R) were unopposed in the primary. Walsh defeated Edwards in the general election.[1][5][6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 16a General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMaureen Walsh Incumbent 59.1% 19,152
     Republican Mary Ruth Edwards 40.9% 13,248
Total Votes 32,400


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Edwards ran in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives, District 16a. Edwards ran unopposed in the August 7 blanket primary election and was defeated by incumbent Maureen Walsh (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Washington House of Representatives, District 16a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMaureen Walsh Incumbent 58.2% 25,503
     Republican Mary Ruth Edwards 41.8% 18,307
Total Votes 43,810

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