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Tim Benn

A candidate for Spokane City Council, northeast council district, City of Spokane in the 2017 Washington General Election, Nov. 7

Party: No party

Age: 40

Occupation: Co-owner of day-care center

His words: "I think that there's a culture change that needs to happen in our city council, in the methodology of how do we accomplish these goals without taxing the lowest-income zip code in the state, more." 

His pitch: The Spokane City Council should spend more time addressing the immediate concerns of taxpayers, like improving road conditions, creating a pipeline for new police recruits and working to promote economic development, particularly manufacturing and heavy industry jobs near the future site of the North/South Freeway in North Spokane, Benn said. As a small business owner who's worked to get legislation passed at the state level on day care facilities, Benn said he believes he is more representative of voters in district 1 than his opponents. On issues like potholes and policing, Benn - who ran as a Republican for statewide office and cohosts a radio program with conservative Councilman Mike Fagan - said he believes he can build bridges with other members of the panel. 

Work experience: Owns a child day care center, Little Precious Ones, with his wife in the Minnehaha neighborhood of North Spokane.

Education: Graduated from Faith Christian Academy in 1996. Received associate degrees from Spokane Community College in general business, business management and marketing in 2005. Received child development associate’s degree from Blue Prints for Learning in 2011.

Political experience: Defeated in 2012 and 2014 general elections as Republican candidate to represent Legislative District 3 in Washington House of Representatives, both to Marcus Riccelli. Current chairman of Minnehaha Neighborhood Council. Led effort to challenge day-care regulations that he says are duplicative and burdensome.

Family: Married. One adult son, and a son and daughter in high school. 

Neighborhood: Minnehaha

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Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Kate Burke (N) 4,799 58.32 %
Tim Benn (N) 3,430 41.68 %

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