u 2010 Washington General Election

Michael Baumgartner

A candidate for State Senator, Legislative District 06 in the 2010 Washington General Election

Party: Republican

Age: 38City: Spokane, WA

On this race: Elected Experience: None.

Other Professional Experience: Mike is an economic development consultant and former diplomat who has advised international and Spokane area firms. In 2007 Mike left Washington state to serve as an Economics Officer at the US Embassy in Baghdad, earning commendations from General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker. In 2009 he worked on a State Department contracted counternarcotics program in Afghanistan, helping farmers grow wheat.

Education: Gonzaga Prep, Pullman High; WSU – BA, Economics (1999); Harvard – MPA, Intl Development (2002).

Community Service: Mike is a member of Operation Spokane Heroes, Greater Spokane Incorporated, and Knights of Columbus. He served as a Jesuit volunteer in Africa in 1999.

Statement: I love Spokane. My career in economic development has taken me to more than 65 countries; there is no place more beautiful or people as warm-hearted as those in our city. In 2007 I left my business career to go to Iraq because I saw my country struggling and wanted to help. Against a tough challenge, during the ‘surge’ we made progress.

Today, I see my state struggling. Times are tough. Good people are having a hard time finding work. Our state leaders have made matters worse, raising taxes and running up record deficits year after year - making it hard to create jobs. While spending went through the roof, programs we care about – public schools and higher education – were hit with deep cuts. It’s wrong.

We need new leadership that understands we can’t continue to spend more money than we have. I chose to specialize in economic development because I wanted to help grow jobs and improve people’s lives. My fiancée and I love being in Spokane and want to start a family here. I want to help our community create jobs.

It would be an honor to represent Spokane; I would appreciate your vote. Let’s get to work.

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Competitors

Chris Marr Democrat

Last updated: Nov. 12, 5:37 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Michael Baumgartner (R) 31,765 53.81%
Chris Marr (D) 27,263 46.19%
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