Goulet beat out one Republican opponent in her “top two” primary, in which the top two vote-getters from either party make it on the November ballot, but she was up against another Republican, Mary Dye, who was the incumbent candidate. Because of that, this race was always an uphill climb.
Goulet identifies as an atheist and has been active in many secular groups including the Tri-City Freethinkers, Secular Coalition for Washington and Mid-Columbia Coalition of Reason. She is also on the board of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. Goulet says, “Any time religion interferes with the wellbeing and rights of others, I am there to push back.” In addition to the separation of government and religion, Goulet advocates for a stronger K-12 public education system and affordable college, ensuring a living wage, and fostering the development and use of energy from clean and renewable sources to curb climate change. Goulet faces two opponents, including the Republican incumbent, in the top two primary on August 2.
(Portions of this article were published earlier)