u 2012 Washington Primary

Andy Billig

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

Party: Democrat

Age: 46City: Spokane, WA

Occupation: State representative

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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Last updated: Aug. 10, 10:55 a.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Andy Billig (D) 12,497 57.86%
Nancy McLaughlin (R) 9,103 42.14%
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