u 2012 Washington Primary

Marcus Riccelli

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

Party: Democrat

Age: 36City: Spokane, WA

Occupation: State Representative

MARCUS RICCELLI

Education: Graduated from Mead High School in 1996. Earned bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentrations in marketing and finance from Gonzaga University in 2000. Earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington in 2007.

Work experience: Served as U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s Eastern Washington director, and later as senior policy adviser to then-state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown. He recently worked as the operations manager for the Northeast Community Center, and has joined Eastern Washington University’s faculty as an adjunct professor in the College of Health Science and Public Health.

Political experience: Won current House seat in 2012. Serves as vice chair of the Health Care and Wellness Committee and is a member of the Capital Budget and Transportation committees. Elected Deputy Whip of the House Democrats. Appointed to the Community Economic Revitalization Board, the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee and the Governor’s Healthiest Next Generations Task Force.

Family: Married. Has a 4-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter.

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Competitors

Tim Benn Republican
Jon Snyder Democrat
Bob Apple Democrat
Morgan Oyler Republican

Last updated: Aug. 10, midnight Election results

CandidateVotesPct
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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