City: 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.
A late entry in the race for Spokane City Council president turned what otherwise would have been a sleepy primary into a campaign with interest. Voters can chose among a newcomer to city politics, two of the most experienced political leaders in Spokane, and a long-shot candidate. The two who finish with the most votes will face each other in the November election. Ballots for the Aug. 16 primary will be mailed this week.
Dennis Hession gives his positions on taxes, libraries, streets and other issues facing the city in The Spokesman-Review’s Spokane City Council candidate questionnaire. Hession faces Ben Stuckart, Steve Corker and Victor Noder in the race for a seat representing South Spokane.
Former Mayor Dennis Hession shook up Spokane politics on Thursday by announcing his entry into the race for City Council president. He joins City Councilman Steve Corker and Ben Stuckart, the executive director of Communities in Schools, in the race to lead the city’s legislative branch.
Former Mayor Dennis Hession shook up Spokane politics today by announcing his entry in the race for City Council president. He joins City Councilman Steve Corker and Ben Stuckart, the executive director of Communities in Schools in the race to lead the city’s legislative branch.
Former Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession on Thursday filed to run for Spokane City Council president. His decision is the big surprise so far this week among candidates entering Spokane races. Hession was City Council president in 2005 when Mayor Jim West was recalled from office….
For 36 years, Richard “Rick” White has reported to his job at the Spokane County Courthouse, mostly on foot. White started in 1975 working as a juvenile probation officer, a first brush with the legal system that made him want to become a lawyer.
An analysis of recent wage increases shows that the pay of many local government workers is rising slightly slower than the rate of workers in the private sector. From 2002 to 2009, workers in the private sector in Spokane County experienced wage increases of 26.4 percent. Wages of workers in local government were up 24.7 percent.