Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner answer the question, “Do you believe there is enough evidence to indicate that human activity likely is a significant cause for global warming?” Read more
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.
- Web: votebaumgartner.com
Last updated: Nov. 12, 5:37 p.m. Election results
|Michael Baumgartner (R)||31,765||53.81%|
|Chris Marr (D)||27,263||46.19%|
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Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner discuss their positions on the death penalty and Washington’s three-strikes law. Read more
The Ferris High School debate team will host a debate Wednesday between incumbent Democratic state Sen. Chris Marr and his Republican opponent, Michael Baumgartner. The two candidates, who are fighting one of the most expensive state Legislative battles this year in Washington, hope to represent the 6th Legislative District, which surroundscentral Spokane on the north, west and south.The debate starts at 7 p.m. … Read more
Even in the primary – when both candidates for the 6th Legislative Senate seat were guaranteed to move to the November election – the race between Chris Marr and Michael Baumgartner was quarrelsome. Read more
Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner answer the question, “Do you support the state law that allows cities to install red light cameras?” Read more
KHQ is reporting that Republican state Senate candidate Michael Baumgarter deleted questions to him from Facebook users during a KHQ Facebook interview last week.Mark Billings, executive assignment producer at KHQ, said the Baumgartner campaign admitted to deleting questions they felt were biased and likely written by supporters of his opponent, incumbent Democrat state Sen. … Read more
Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner discuss their positions on gay marriage. Read more
He’s the incumbent. He’s his party’s whip in the state Senate. He has more campaign money and a diverse list of backers that includes unions and large businesses. But in his run for re-election, Democrat Chris Marr is the underdog. His opponent, Republican Michael Baumgartner, garnered more votes in the August primary, even though the business and military consultant was mostly unknown locally before he announced his candidacy shortly after moving to Spokane in January. Read more
The ding dongs Michael Baumgartner will hear this weekend won’t be from ringing the doorbells of potential voters.They will be wedding bells.(OK, that was dumbest lede ever, sorry.)Republican Michael Baumgartner will get a break this weekend from the state’s costliest legislative race to get married.He and his fiancee, British citizen Eleanor Mayne, aren’t just going to the Courthouse. … Read more
Chris Marr calls the 6th District the “swingiest” in the state, and the pitched battles for legislative seats in the past few elections underscore the point. This year is no different as Marr, the incumbent Democratic senator, squares off against Republican Michael Baumgartner, a newcomer. Marr snatched the seat in 2006 from long-serving Brad Benson after a bruising battle, and it’s clear that both sides are still sore. And so a sharp-elbow campaign has unfolded, with juvenile jabs being traded. Voters would be wise to ignore those scuffles and focus on policy positions, experience and leadership qualities. Read more
Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner discuss their positions on privatization of liquor sales and the state’s ferry system. Read more
The state Public Disclosure Commission is warning state Sen. Chris Marr that he violated campaign law by failing to mention his Democratic Party affiliation in a TV ad. Phil Stutzman, the PDC’s director of compliance, said the commission won’t open a formal investigation because Marr’s campaign agreed to change the advertisement. Read more
Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner respond to the question, “Do you support Initiative 1098, which would create an income tax on individuals who earn at least $200,000 and lower the business and occupation tax and the state property tax?” Read more
The state Public Disclosure Commission plans to send a warning letter to the campaign of state Sen. Chris Marr for not mentioning his Democratic Party affiliation in a TV ad.Phil Stutzman, the PDC’s director of compliance, said the commission decided not to open a formal investigation because Marr’s campaign agreed to change the advertisement.The PDC received a complaint about the ad from Curtis Fackler, vice chairman of the Spokane County Republican Party, on Sept. … Read more
Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner respond to the question, “Would you support asking voters for a gas tax increase if it included money to extend the north Spokane freeway?” Read more
Here’s the second in a series of videos with incumbent Democratic state Sen. Chris Marr and his Republican opponent, Michael Baumgartner.They describe cuts that they think should be made to state government to help balance the budget.The first video, where they answer: “Would you support raising taxes to help balance the budget?” is here.Check back later this week to hear them giving their positions for paying to extend the North Spokane freeway south of Francis Avenue. . … Read more
Much of the county Republican Party’s platform reflects longtime GOP values: Limited government. Gun rights. Lower taxes. An end to abortion. But some of the platform’s 120 policy statements make more-surprising calls, for, among other things: An end to no-fault divorce. A return to the gold standard. Tax incentives for the shoe and textile industry. U.S. withdrawal from the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. Read more
Here is the first of what should be several videos showing incumbent Democratic state Sen. Chris Marr and his challenger, Republican Michael Baumgartner, give their stance on the issues.Meanwhile, the videos produced before the primary focusing on the other hotly contested race in the 6th Legislative District remain relevant.Here are links to videos showing incumbent Democratic state Rep. … Read more
Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner respond to the question, “Would you support raising taxes to balance the budget?” Read more
The campaign of state Sen. Chris Marr this week falsely accused his Republican opponent of withdrawing from a weekend candidate’s forum “at the last minute.”The candidate’s forum was held on Saturday at the North Spokane library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road, and was sponsored by the American Association of University Women.Marr,the Democratic incumbent, is in a high-spending battle with Baumgartner to retain his seat representing one of the most competitive districts in the state.Judy Blair, public policy co-chairwoman of the association, said Baumgartner never accepted an invitation because of a scheduling conflict.”He wasn’t able to attend from the beginning,” Blair said. Here’s what Marr’s campaign said in a news release: “Recent Spokane resident and 6th District political candidate Michael Baumgartner today withdrew at the last minute from a non-partisan forum set up by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Washington, in what was supposed to be an informative session with Baumgartner and 26 year Spokane resident and longtime business leader Chris Marr.”Baumgartner and Marr would not have appeared in the same forum, anyway. … Read more