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Tue., May 15, 2012, 12:04 p.m.

Baumgartner aide named new Builders Association government affairs director

Spokane Home Builders Association (SHBA) has hired Michael Cathcart as its director of government affairs.

Cathcart has worked as an aide to State Sen. Michael Baumgartner and done other political and neighborhood organizing. He managed the Save Our Spokane campaign in opposition to the Envision Spokane Prop. 4 in 2009 and worked on Baumgartner’s state senate campaign in 2010.
Until recently, Cathcart was state field director on Baumgartner's U.S. Senate campaign. That paid position has ended, according to Joel White, the association's executive officer.
as the statewide field director.
The association has had directors of government affairs for more than two decades. "One of our primary goals is advocacy for our members. It's a part of our mission statement," White said.

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