About this race
The legislative district that represents central Spokane leans heavily in favor of Democrats, so much so that only one Republican filed to run for any of the three seats up for election this year. In the race for House position 1, incumbent Democrat Marcus Riccelli faces Randy McGlenn II, a Libertarian.
McGlenn has accused Riccelli of being too partisan. He said one of his top priorities is to get corporations to pay their fair share of taxes and end tax breaks to companies such as Microsoft and Boeing. He also is calling for better funding for mental health services and education.
Although he describes himself as a proud Democrat, Riccelli says he works well with members of both parties. He has pushed for more education funding and said he is focused on engaging voters on the planned upgrades to the North Spokane Corridor, getting healthy foods in school and beefing up health care, specifically mental health services.
State Representative, position 1, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane)
|Marcus Riccelli (D)||30,839||67.73%|
|Randy McGlenn II (L)||14,690||32.27%|
* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.
Rep. Marcus Riccelli is a rising star in the Democratic caucus and a better fit for the district. He has earned a return trip to Olympia.
For Libertarian Randy McGlenn II, the best way to get something done is to do it yourself. After years of watching voters elect Democratic leaders in the 3rd Legislative District, and after years of hearing stories of residents feeling they weren’t being represented, the longtime IT worker decided to run against incumbent Democrat Marcus Riccelli in 2014. He didn’t make it out of the primary, earning less than 8 percent of the vote.
A proposal that would require Spokane to expand its board of county commissioners to five members is headed to the full House.