u 2012 Washington General Election

Andy Billig

A candidate for State Senator, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane) in the 2012 Washington General Election

Party: Democrat

Age: 46City: Spokane, WA

Occupation: State representative

On this race: Says his business experience as a Spokane Indians Baseball Club executive and co-owner make him “uniquely qualified” to work on job creation and says his record shows he fights for “great public schools.” Opposes constitutional amendment requiring two-thirds votes to approve tax increases. Supports same-sex marriage. Opposes initiative to allow charter schools. Agrees with state Supreme Court ruling that says state isn’t adequately funding education and says new revenue is needed, perhaps through tax reform. Opposes rule requiring minors to receive parental consent to receive an abortion.

Career: State respresentative, executive and minority owner of Spokane Indians Baseball Club, where he formerly served as general manager and president for 18 years.

Education: Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Md., in 1986. Received bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University in 1990.

Political experience: Elected to state House in 2010. Serves as Vice Chair of the House Transportation Committee. Former member of city’s Human Services Advisory Board and Mayor Mary Verner’s Citizens Financial Advisory Committee.

Family: Divorced. Has one school-age daughter.

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Competitors

Last updated: Nov. 13, 6:02 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Andy Billig (D) 28,305 57.79%
Nancy McLaughlin (R) 20,673 42.21%
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