One of the three candidates to replace Bob McCaslin in the state Senate was arrested early Monday in Las Vegas after being found asleep in his car and allegedly carrying a concealed weapon. Roy Murry, 26, said Thursday he disputes much of what Las Vegas Metropolitan Police say happened when was found fast asleep shortly after 2 a.m. behind the wheel of a car. He’ll fight the charge if one is filed, and said his arrest “amounted basically to entrapment.” Read more
Age: 40City: Spokane Valley, WA
On this race: Elected Experience: Matt Shea is currently serving as 4th District State Representative.
Other Professional Experience: Army combat veteran with tours in both Bosnia and Iraq and currently practices at Casey Law Offices in Spokane, Washington.
Education: Prior to graduating “Cum Laude” from Gonzaga Law School, Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Gonzaga University while simultaneously completing the R.O.T.C. program there as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
Community Service: Matt is an allied attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, Vice Chairman for the Eastern Washington Army Advisory Board, a lifetime member of the VFW, and member of the American Legion. Statement: My campaign motto is less tax, less government, more freedom. Returning home having served as a combat infantry officer in Iraq, I was amazed at how much state government had grown and how taxes had risen. I will support legislation that reduces government spending, promotes small business job growth, protects our right to bear arms, and lowers the overall tax burden. I will also fight the attempt to nationalize our health care system through legislation opting Washington State out of that federal program.
I am endorsed by the Spokane County Republican Party and would be honored to have your vote.
Education: Graduated from high school in Bellingham. Earned bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Gonzaga University in 1996. Earned law degree from Gonzaga in 2006.
Work experience: Attorney at M. Casey Law since 2013. Formerly handled personal injury cases at Keith S. Douglass and Associates. Co-founded the Washington Family Foundation.
Military experience: Served 4 ½ years in the army, entering as a lieutenant in 1996, including eight months in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Later served 11 months in Iraq as a captain in the Army and Army National Guard.
Political experience: Elected to state House in 2008 and 2010. Serves as assistant ranking minority member on the House’s Labor and Workforce and Judiciary committees.
Family: Divorced and remarried. No children.
Last updated: Nov. 12, 5:37 p.m. Election results
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