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Karen Stratton

A candidate for Council District No. 3, City of Spokane in the 2015 Washington Primary

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Age: 59

City: Spokane, WA

Occupation: Incumbent councilwoman

Her words: “My parents were both passionate, committed progressives who spoke honestly abut the issues and respected difference of opinion. I can think of no better example to follow as we tackle the challenges of modern city life.”

Her pitch: An expert in the ways of City Hall focused on citizen engagement and creating incentives to encourage businesses to locate living-wage jobs within Spokane’s neighborhoods.

Notable experience: Incumbent councilwoman. Appointed to complete term of Steve Salvatori. Former aide to Mayors Jim West and Mary Verner in 2014. Former legislative aide in the Washington state House. Worked at Washington State University Spokane and the Community Colleges of Spokane. Served as a clerk in the city clerk's office. Her mother, Lois Stratton, was a legislator in Olympia as a Democrat from 1979 to 1993.

Education: Graduated from Marycliff High School in 1977. Earned bachelor’s degree in communications and general studies from Eastern Washington University in 1989.

Neighborhood: Audubon (Northwest)

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Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Karen Stratton () 3,771 42.30 %
Evan Verduin () 2,881 32.30 %
Kelly P. Cruz () 1,167 13.10 %
Dave White (R) 1,090 12.20 %

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Dave White

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