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: 36City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: Legislative aide
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.
Career: served as senior policy aide to State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown from November 2010 until May 2012. Served as eastern Washington director for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell from 2007 until 2010. Member of the Spokane Public Schools Public Affairs Advisory Council. Member of advisory board for Daybreak Youth Services, which helps teens in Spokane battling addiction.
Education: Graduated from Mead High School in 1996. Earned business administration bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in 2000. Earned master’s in public administration from the University of Washington in 2007.
Political experience: First run for office. Former member of the Spokane City Plan Commission.
Family: Married. Has one son, who is a toddler.
- 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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