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  Ray, Dixy Lee
NameDixy Lee Ray
Fox Island, Washington , United States
Born September 03, 1914
DiedJanuary 02, 1994 (79 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Oct 13, 2019 11:47pm
Tags Caucasian - Single - Baptist - Disputed -
InfoBorn in Tacoma, Dixy Lee Ray was trained as a zoologist and served as an associate professor of marine biology at the University of Washington. In 1963, she became director of the Pacific Science Center. In 1972, President Richard Nixon (1913-1994) appointed her to the Atomic Energy Commission.

In 1976, Ray ran for governor as a Democrat. Like presidential candidate Jimmy Carter, she benefited from an image -- completely real in her case -- as an outsider and a non-politician. Ray narrowly defeated Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman (b. 1935), in the Democratic primary. In the general election she beat King County Executive John Spellman (b. 1926), 54 percent (821,797 votes) to 46 percent (687,039 votes).

In her single term as governor, Ray generated more controversy than accomplishments by reducing welfare, advocating reductions in environmental protections, and supporting nuclear power. She also feuded with the media. In 1978, she named after reporters each of the 11 piglets born at her home. A year later, she treated the press to sausage made from the pigs.

Ray lost the Democratic nomination in 1980 to State Senator Jim McDermott (b. 1928). John Spellman succeeded Ray as governor and refused to talk about the condition of state government. "Well, of course, we had a terrible recession at that point. I suspect that's about I all should say about that," he said. After her death, journalist Lou Guzzo, an adviser to Ray said, "...she was a scientist above all else, and told it like it is. Unfortunately, in politics, that can be hurtful. She really wasn't a politician"

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  09/16/1980 WA Governor - Blanket Primary Lost 24.09% (-8.95%)
  11/02/1976 WA Governor Won 53.14% (+8.71%)
  09/21/1976 WA Governor - Blanket Primary Won 24.09% (+0.81%)
  02/06/1973 Atomic Energy Commission Chair Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
US President National Vote - Nov 06, 1984 R Ronald Reagan