Incumbents pull ahead in 5th Legislative District

Democrat Reps. Bill Ramos and Lisa Callan lead Republican challengers in race for re-election.

The two incumbent Democrats in Washington’s 5th Legislative District will both return to Olympia for another term, based on initial election results released late Tuesday.

In the position 1 race, Rep. Bill Ramos, a two-term Democrat out of Issaquah, carries 59% of the vote against Republican Ken Moninski, an aviation company owner from Maple Valley.

Meanwhile, in the position 2 race, Rep Lisa Callan, also a two-term Democrat out of Issaquah, carries 54% of the vote against Republican Chad Magendanz, a computer science teacher and former state legislator.

Results will not be finalized until later this month, but are unlikely to change. Ramos and Callan are almost certain to continue representing the 5th Legislative District, which includes Snoqualmie, Maple Valley, Black Diamond amd Issaquah.

Tonight’s results are almost identical to primary results from August.

This is the second general election in a row that Ramos has bested Moninski, with the two having faced off during the 2020 general election. Ramos won both this summer’s primary and the 2020 election with nearly 60% of the vote.

Callan similarly won 55% of the vote in a head-to-head primary with Magendanz.

Magendanz formerly served as a representative for the 5th District between 2013 and 2017, holding the position Callan currently occupies. He abandoned that seat in 2016 to unsuccessfully challenge Mark Mullet for a state Senate position. In his last effort for office in 2018, he challenged Ramos, losing by just 3%.