u 2011 Washington General Election

Ben Stuckart

A candidate for City Council President, City of Spokane in the 2011 Washington General Election

Age: 42City: Spokane, WA

Occupation: Executive director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County

Education: Graduated from Lewis and Clark High School, 1990. Bachelor’s degree in political science from Gonzaga University, 2001. Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University, 2006.

Career: Former regional manager at TicketsWest, 2001 to 2007. Executive director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County

Political: First run for office. Spokane Arts commissioner. Board member of Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Was spokesman for last year’s campaign in support of the Children’s Investment Fund initiative, which was rejected by voters.

Family: Married.

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Competitors

Last updated: Nov. 14, 4:59 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Ben Stuckart 29,625 53.24%
Dennis Hession 26,024 46.76%
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