City leaders on Monday issued an apology to a police detective fired for what officials described as a “troubled work history.” Read more
State Senator, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane)
About this race
Voters in central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District will choose between two popular and experienced politicians to fill the vacancy that will be left with the retirement of Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, who shocked local and state officials in May when she abruptly announced that she would not seek a new term. Republicans were excited about Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin’s entry into the race – which occurred before Brown decided to retire – because she has attracted strong support in her council district representing northwest Spokane. But the legislative district leans more Democratic than the area within her council boundaries, making her work difficult, and results of the primary showed her opponent, state Rep. Andy Billig, with a convincing lead. Billig, too, has been popular with voters and cruised to victory in his first run for office in 2010.
Legislators are paid $42,106 annually, plus healthcare benefits. Senate terms are four years.
Last updated: Nov. 13, 6:02 p.m. Election results
|Andy Billig (D)||28,305||57.79%|
|Nancy McLaughlin (R)||20,673||42.21%|
* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.
And the North Spokane freeway.Read more
State Rep. Andy Billig, a Democrat, and Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin, a Republican, discuss their ideas about completing the North Spokane freeway and the proposed electric bus system in central Spokane. The two are running for state Senate in Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District. Read more
Today, we launch a series of videos on local election, giving candidates a chance to explain their platform and positions…Read more
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
One of the first things a candidate does these days, after announcing he or she wants to do good things for the good people of this good community, is get a website. While any campaign website worth its salt must offer a chance to become a fan on Facebook, follow the candidate on Twitter or contribute via PayPal, the main purpose is to give voters something about the candidate’s background (Click here for bio) and ideas (Click here for issues). Read more
One of the first things a candidate does these days, after announcing he or she wants to do good things…Read more
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, 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
Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin publicly apologized this week to her opponent in the race for state Senate for using false information on a campaign mailer she sent before last month’s primary. Her apology was made as the state Public Disclosure Commission began inquiring about the mailer in response to a formal complaint. Read more
Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin publicly apologized this week to her opponent in her race for state Senate for using…Read more
Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said Thursday that he didn't give City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin permission to use…Read more
Spokane city leaders finally are admitting that mistakes were made during a 2006 police confrontation that led to the death of Spokane resident Otto Zehm. But it remains unclear if the city will answer a key question, one that officials have suggested for months would be explained. Why did city attorneys make official claims in 2009 that Zehm was responsible for his own death and that force used against him was “reasonable and necessary,” even though by that time then-Assistant Chief Jim Nicks had told a grand jury that the response likely violated department policy? Read more
Everyone thinking about running for political office this year, take note: You have less than a week to make up…Read more
The field to replace state Rep. Andy Billig is getting larger.
Former City Councilman Bob Apple today became the fifth…Read more
State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown perhaps was too prepared for her re-election bid. She already had ordered her campaign signs when she made the surprise announcement last week that she would not seek a new term. Read more
State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown perhaps was too prepared for her reelection bid.
She already had ordered her campaign…Read more
Washington candidates are scrambling to announce endorsements this week as filing week approaches.
The gubernatorial candidates are taking turns touting…Read more
The scramble is on for a state House seat in central Spokane, part of the fallout of Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s surprise decision not to seek re-election. Brown said Thursday that she would not run again for her 3rd Legislative District Senate seat. State Rep. Andy Billig immediately said he would run for Brown’s Senate seat, leaving a vacancy that often attracts multiple candidates. Read more