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Larry Keller

A candidate for State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 6 (West Plains and western Spokane) in the 2012 Washington Primary

Party: Republican

Age: 68

City: Medical Lake, WA

Career: Served as Cheney Public Schools superintendent from 2008 until retiring this summer. Principal and superintendent at Mansfield School District from 2003 until 2008. Superintendent of Pateros School District from 2006 to 2008 (a job he held simultaneously with his job in Mansfield). Special education teacher in the St. John Endicott School Districts from 2000 until 2003. Former West Plains Chamber board member.

Education: Graduated from Olympia High School in Olympia, Wash. in 1967. Received bachelor’s in education from Central Washington University in 1971, master’s in business administration from Florida Institute of Technology in 1976. Master’s in education leadership from Eastern Washington Univesrity in 2003.

Political experience: First run for office.

Military experience: Served 27 years in Air Force, retired as a colonel and vice wing commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing

Family: Married and has two adult children

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Election results

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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