City: Spokane Valley, WA
Education: Graduated from high school in Bellingham. Earned bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Gonzaga University in 1996. Earned law degree from Gonzaga in 2006.
Political experience: Elected to state House every two years since 2008. Serves as assistant ranking minority member on the House’s Labor and Workforce and Judiciary committees.
Work experience: Attorney at M. Casey Law since 2013. Formerly handled personal injury cases at Keith S. Douglass and Associates. Co-founded the Washington Family Foundation. Served 4 ½ years in the army, entering as a lieutenant in 1996, including eight months in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Later served 11 months in Iraq as a captain in the Army and Army National Guard.
Family: Divorced and remarried. No children.
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The incumbent in the race, state Rep. Matt Shea, did not respond to repeated requests to participate in this candidate Q&A.
1. What is your top priority and how specifically would you achieve your top priority?
Arritola: My top priority is to complete the North Spokane Corridor (NSC). The completion of the NSC would create 10,000 sustainable jobs and have a $450.8 million return on investment while only costing $750 million to complete it. We would make every single dime back in less than two years.
2. The state Supreme Court recently held the Legislature in contempt for not making enough progress in fully funding public education. How should the Legislature react to this unanimous ruling?
Arritola: The Legislature needs to change the laws pulling the court’s authority to issue such rulings. Additionally, the Legislature needs to take a hard look at endless waste in the DOT and DSHS. We cannot raise taxes while wasting $3 billion per budget in the DOT and $3 billion in DSHS. 3. The Legislature failed once again to pass a long-negotiated, multibillion-dollar transportation package. How would you ensure the Spokane-area gets the funding it wants for popular projects such as the North Spokane corridor?
Arritola: We need a representative who isn’t distracted by issues outside the state. To some, maybe those issues are important, but we need someone who will focus on our issues and represent us well. Unlike Matt Shea, I will go to the transportation meetings and participate in guiding the state’s priorities.
4. The effective tax rate for legal, recreational marijuana is 45 percent. Is this too high? Too low? How would you change it? Should the Legislature allow for local value-added sales tax on marijuana?
Arritola: I support local governments being able to set policy and taxes on these businesses. Local control leads to local innovation.
5. Should the state’s two party consent rules pertain to body cameras worn by police? Why?
Arritola: No. Body cameras reduce both violence against officers and violence against citizens. These cameras protect the police from false allegations and the citizens from excessive force.
|Matt Shea (R)||25,105||57.75 %|
|Josh Arritola (R)||18,365||42.25 %|
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Legislative candidates for the state House Position 2 in the 4th Legislative District were allowed 50 words to respond to each of five questions. The incumbent in the race, state Rep. Matt Shea, did not respond to repeated requests to participate in this candidate Q&A.
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