About this race
Sen. Andy Billig has quickly risen up the ranks since winning his Senate seat in 2012. He is the current deputy minority leader. No Republican opted to challenge his re-election, but he does face Libertarian James Apker.
Billig’s top concern is improving education funding. “It’s vital that we live up to our constitutional duty to fully fund basic education, and that we do so in a way that focuses on improving student success.” He also plans to continue to push for a bill aimed at curbing the flow of “dark money” into political campaigns.
Apker said he wants to make a more business-friendly climate in Spokane through less restrictive regulations and taxes. Specifically, he’d like to do away with the business and occupation tax and replace it with a flat tax system, actively seek out businesses to bring to Washington, and reduce state sales and gas taxes. He also wants to amend the state constitution to allow charter schools to receive funding.
State Senator, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane)
|Andy Billig (D)||31,114||67.76%|
|James R. Apker (L)||14,803||32.24%|
* 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.
If Friday’s Senate session was on Sesame Street, it would have been brought to you by the number 25.
In his six years in the Legislature, Billig has demonstrated his ability to work from the center to achieve legislative success.
A possible fix to Washington’s charter school law received final approval from lawmakers Thursday, giving the schools a chance of staying open with Lottery money.
Senate Republicans moved to keep charter schools open with Lottery money in an effort to find a system that would pass muster with the Supreme Court.