u 2012 Washington General Election

Nancy McLaughlin

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

Party: Republican

Age: 57City: Spokane, WA

Occupation: Spokane city councilwoman

On this race: Says she would bring “common sense” leadership to fight against high taxes and excessive regulations and would focus on creating jobs and education reform. Supports constitutional amendment requiring two-thirds votes to approve tax increases. Opposes same-sex marriage. Supports initiative to allow charter schools. Agrees with state Supreme Court ruling that says state isn’t adequately funding education, but says taxes don’t need to be increased. Supports rule requiring minors to receive parental consent to receive an abortion.

Career: With her husband owns D-Mac Construction, a kitchen and bath remodeling company. Has served as a volunteer in several organizations. Former president of Parent-Teacher Organization at Madison Elementary.

Education: Graduated from Nampa High School in Nampa, Idaho, in 1976.

Political experience: Elected to Spokane City Council in 2005. Reelected in 2009. Spokane Airport Board member. Spokane Transit Authority board member. President of the Association of Washington Cities.

Family: Married. Has three adult children.

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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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Billig vs. McLaughlin, Introduction

State Rep. Andy Billig, a Democrat, and Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin, a Republican, make their case about why they feel they’re the best choice to represent the state Senate in Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District. Read more

GOP comes to McLaughlin’s aid after campaign misstep

Nancy McLaughlin’s campaign for state Senate greatly exaggerated her opponent’s stance on income taxes. So much so, that she apologized to Democrat Andy Billig for the falsehoods her campaign used in literature during the primary after a complaint was filed with the state’s Public Disclosure… Read more

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Andy Billig, Q&A on 15 topics

ANDY BILLIG, Democrat 1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? I have a successful record of delivering results on the issues most important to our community: jobs, health care and education. Job creation is my top priority, and I am uniquely qualified in this area with 20 years of experience leading a successful small business and a positive record in the Legislature. I am committed to supporting great public schools, protecting women’s reproductive health rights and safeguarding the Spokane River. As State Senator, I will continue to advocate for our community values of justice, freedom and equal opportunity while maintaining a clear focus on jobs and a prosperous Spokane for everyone. Read more

Nancy McLaughlin, Q&A on 15 topics

NANCY MCLAUGHLIN, Republican 1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? As your city councilwoman, I have been in touch with moms and dads, singles, retirees, employers and employees of Spokane. I understand your frustration with reduced job opportunities, high taxes and fees and extensive regulations. That’s why I voted against the $20 car tab fee and excessive water rates. I can be a greater part of the solution as your senator. With fair, common sense leadership I can help ensure a climate for job creation, education reforms to include more local control and accountability, and sustainable budgets that won’t leave an oppressive debt burden on our children and grandchildren. Read more

McLaughlin apologizes for false claims

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McLaughlin to Billig: I’m sorry

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Measure 1 campaign pulls McLaughlin ad

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Councilwoman seeks to unseat state Senate majority leader

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McLaughlin ad pulled off TV

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McLaughlin will challenge Brown

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