u 2011 Washington General Election

Dennis Hession

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

Age: 65City: Spokane, WA

Occupation: Attorney and consultant

Education: Graduated from Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Salt Lake City, in 1968. Psychology bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University, 1972. Law degree from Gonzaga University in 1980.

Career: Attorney and consultant. Director of special projects for Blue Water Technologies, a firm specializing in wastewater treatment. Served as interim director of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture for about a year starting in 2008.

Political: Elected to Spokane City Council, 2001, Elected City Council president, 2003. Appointed Spokane mayor, 2005 (following recall of Mayor Jim West). Long-time member of Spokane Park Board. Served on numerous governmental and nonprofit boards.

Family: Married. Has four grown children.

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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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Hession misquotes Lincoln

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Verner doesn’t blame Hession

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