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Dan Evans, John Spellman, Mike Lowry and Chris Gregoire: two Republicans and two Democrats. They are bound together by public service and politics. Each was elected as Governor of the state of Washington. What motivated them to seek the state's highest elected office? What were their expectations? What were the harsh political realities? What were their successes? What were their failures? How did unpredictable events and politics affect their time in office? The four former Washington Governors respond to these and other questions in a candid one-hour conversation hosted by KCTS 9's Enrique Cerna.
Daniel Jackson Evans, a republican, was elected the 16th governor of Washington State in 1964. At the age of 39, Evans became the youngest governor in Washington State history and held the office for 12 years, the only to be elected to three consecutive terms in Washington.
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John Dennis Spellman, a republican, was elected the 18th governor of Washington State in 1980. He served one term between 1981 and 1985. As of 2013, Spellman is the last republican to be elected governor in Washington.
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Michael Edward Lowry, a democrat, was elected the 20th governor of Washington State in 1992. He served one term from 1993 to 1997.
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Christine O'Grady Gregoire, a democrat, was elected the 22nd governor of Washington State in 2004. She served two terms from 2005 to 2013.
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