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Dennis Dellwo

A candidate for State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 6 in the 2012 Washington Primary

Party: Democrat

Age: 70

City: Spokane, WA

Occupation: Attorney

Career: Attorney. Former legislator

Education: Graduated from Gonzaga Prep, 1963. Received bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in 1967. Received law degree from Arizona State University in 1971.

Political experience: Elected to state House, representing Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District from 1983 until 1996. Lost 1995 race for Spokane County Superior Court judge. Resigned from Legislature in 1996 to accept appointment to Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board. Current Spokane City Plan commissioner. Has served on the boards of several nonprofit agencies, including the United Way and Goodwill Industries. Served on former Spokane Mayor Mary Verner’s Sustainability Task Force.

Military experience: U.S. Army, 1971. U.S. Army Reserves, 1971-1979

Family: Married. Has three adult daughters and three adult step-daughters.


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Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Dennis Dellwo (D) 12,352 42.18%
Jeff Holy (R) 9,073 30.98%
Ben Oakley (R) 4,754 16.23%
Larry Keller (R) 3,107 10.61%

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Jeff Holy

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Ben Oakley

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Larry Keller

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Dellwo vs. Holy, Taxes

Former state Rep. Dennis Dellwo, a Democrat, and attorney Jeff Holy, a Republican, give their positions on the requirement for two-thirds votes to approve tax increases. The two are running for state House in Spokane County’s 6th Legislative District, which includes parts of the city of Spokane and most of the West Plains.


Dellwo vs. Holy, Abortion

Former state Rep. Dennis Dellwo, a Democrat, and attorney Jeff Holy, a Republican, give their stances on abortion policy. The two are running for state House in Spokane County’s 6th Legislative District, which includes parts of the city of Spokane, and most of the West Plains.


Dellwo vs. Holy, Energy

Former state Rep. Dennis Dellwo, a Democrat, and attorney Jeff Holy, a Republican, give their stance on a state law approved by voters that requires larger power companies to get 15 percent of their energy supplies from renewable sources, not including existing dam infrastructure, by 2020. The two are running for state House in Spokane County’s 6th Legislative District, which includes parts of the city of Spokane, and most of the West Plains.


Dellwo vs. Holy, Education: Are higher taxes needed?

Former state Rep. Dennis Dellwo, a Democrat, and attorney Jeff Holy, a Republican, discuss their opinions about education funding and taxes. The two are running for state House in Spokane County’s 6th Legislative District, which includes parts of the city of Spokane, and most of the West Plains.


Dellwo vs. Holy, Introduction

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Dellwo vs. Holy, Freeway and Electric Bus

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Dennis Dellwo, Q&A on 15 topics

DENNIS DELLWO, Democrat 1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? I have been extensively involved in neighborhood and city affairs and have a clear understanding of our community and its concerns. I spent 13 years in the Washington State Legislature. While a legislator I held leadership positions, was chairman of important committees and architect of key legislation. I not only bring this experience to the 6th District, but I will be able to take the 6th and Spokane’s concerns to the table when legislation or budgets are considered. I will hit the ground running. I also spent 12 years as the attorney member of the Growth Management Hearing Board.


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