u 2012 Washington Primary

Bob Apple

A candidate for State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane) in the 2012 Washington Primary

Party: Democrat

Age: 58

Occupation: Former Spokane city councilman

Career: Former owner of roofing and contracting business. Former owner of Comet restaurant and bar in Hillyard.

Education: Graduated from Ferris High School in 1975.

Political experience: Long active in local politics. Ran unsuccessfully for port district in 1982, state Legislature 1986 as a Republican and in 2010 as a Democrat and Spokane City Council in 1989 and 2001. Elected to City Council in 2003 and 2007.

Family: Single. No children.

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Last updated: Aug. 10, midnight Election results

Marcus Riccelli (D) 5,891 27.70%
Tim Benn (R) 4,512 21.21%
Jon Snyder (D) 4,086 19.21%
Bob Apple (D) 3,947 18.56%
Morgan Oyler (R) 2,834 13.32%
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BOB APPLE, Democrat 1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? Certainly experience and an ability to get jobs done while understanding the intermixing of associated issues and structures within our existing government. Read more

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Two Democrats consider bids for county commission

Former City Councilman Bob Apple and former KREM-TV weatherman Daryl Romeyn are contemplating bids for Spokane County Commission.

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District 1 race draws outspoken council critics

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Board awaits vote on liquor sign rule

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Nicks set to retire as chief steps down

The Spokane Police Department’s top two officers are on their way out, leaving city officials to find new leadership as they struggle with the continuing legal fallout surrounding the death of Otto Zehm. Assistant Chief Jim Nicks announced Tuesday his upcoming retirement will coincide with the previously announced departure of Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. Read more

Mayor promises review of Zehm case

A hastily arranged briefing by Spokane Mayor Mary Verner on Friday announcing her desire for a complete internal and external review of the Otto Zehm controversy turned into a platform for Councilman Bob Apple to denounce what he called the city’s history of “sweeping incidents under the rug.” Apple, who was not invited to Verner’s announcement, said he agrees with Verner’s idea but believes it has come years too late. Read more