Democrats appear likely to hold on to both chambers of the Washington Legislature. Republicans had pushed to recapture the state Senate, where the Democrats currently have five more seats than Republicans. Control of the House has not been as much in dispute because Democrats have a wider margin, with 14 more seats than the GOP, and the party appeared to easily maintain a wide majority there. Read more
Age: 37City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: State Representative
On this race: Agrees with state Supreme Court ruling that said that the state isn’t adequately funding basic education and says closing tax loopholes is one way that the state could fulfill the state’s financial obligation. Opposes rule requiring supermajority votes to increase taxes. Supports same-sex marriage. Opposes charter schools. Supports law giving local governments the option to install red light enforcement cameras.
Education: Graduated from Mead High School in 1996. Earned bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentrations in marketing and finance from Gonzaga University in 2000. Earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington in 2007.
Work experience: Served as U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s Eastern Washington director, and later as senior policy adviser to then-state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown. He recently worked as the operations manager for the Northeast Community Center, and has joined Eastern Washington University’s faculty as an adjunct professor in the College of Health Science and Public Health.
Political experience: Won current House seat in 2012. Serves as vice chair of the Health Care and Wellness Committee and is a member of the Capital Budget and Transportation committees. Elected Deputy Whip of the House Democrats. Appointed to the Community Economic Revitalization Board, the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee and the Governor’s Healthiest Next Generations Task Force.
Family: Married. Has a 4-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter.
- Web: marcusriccelli.com
Last updated: Nov. 13, 6:02 p.m. Election results
|Marcus Riccelli (D)||29,906||62.56%|
|Tim Benn (R)||17,895||37.44%|
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