Breean L. Beggs
Party: No party
Occupation: Litigation partner with Paukert & Troppmann, PLLC
His words: "I really like the opportunity to represent everyday people on the City Council. I'm really trying to make it a safer city, and follow best practices. I've been there almost a year and a half, and I've learned a lot."
His pitch: Beggs believes he serves an important function on the City Council, bringing legal expertise to complicated matters, specifically criminal justice reform. He resists claims that he is representing only the liberal interests of his constituency, pointing to his involvement with negotiations involving the Spokane Police Guild and improving the council's relationship with Mayor David Condon following the controversy surrounding former Police Chief Frank Straub that came to a head in summer 2016. Beggs plans to continue work on drafting new laws governing civilian oversight of the police department, improving the conditions of sidewalks in town and pushing for ways the city can afford hiring the additional police officers the department says it needs if re-elected.
Education: Earned a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Whitworth College in 1985. Earned law degree from the Univeristy of Washington in 1991.
Political experience: Incumbent city council member for second district, appointed in February 2016. Ran unsuccessfully for Spokane County prosecutor in November 2014. Co-founder of Spokane Smart Justice Campaign.
Work experience: Private practice attorney in Spokane with Paukert & Troppmann, PLLC, specializing in civil litigation. Previously served as executive director of the Center for Justice during the Otto Zehm proceedings, 2004-2010. Partner in Bellingham litigation firm, 1991-2004.
Family: Married. Has three children.
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Conservatives were outraged with the attack on Howes. Liberals were irate with the smear against Beggs. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people who are disgusted with both. Until there is, the slimy politics will continue.
Shawn Vestal: Days before election, local GOP leader launches slimy whisper campaign against Spokane city councilman
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