City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: State Representative
Education: Graduated from Mead High School in 1996. Earned bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentrations in marketing and finance from Gonzaga University in 2000. Earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington in 2007.
Work experience: Served as U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s Eastern Washington director, and later as senior policy adviser to then-state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown. Currently a member of the Spokane Advisory Board of Daybreak Youth Services. He works as program manager for CHAS. He recently worked as operations manager for the Northeast Community Center, and has joined Eastern Washington University’s faculty as an adjunct professor in the College of Health Science and Public Health.
Political experience: Won current House seat in 2012. Serves as vice chairman of the Health Care and Wellness Committee, is a member of the Capital Budget and Transportation Committee and is a member of the House Rules Committee. Elected and current Deputy Majority Whip of the House Democrats. Appointed to the Governor’s Healthiest Next Generations Task Force and chairman of the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee.
Family: Married. Has two children.
More about Marcus Riccelli
|Marcus Riccelli (D)||33,414||64.15 %|
|Tom Taylor (R)||18,670||35.85 %|
Democratic state Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli have won new terms representing Washington’s 3rd Legislative District, which covers the city of Spokane.
Central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District encompasses some of the poorest neighborhoods in Washington. Its residents need representatives in the state House who have the skill, experience and influence to navigate the policy and budget processes on their behalf. Fortunately, voters will find two such leaders on the Nov. 6 ballot: incumbents Marcus Riccelli and Timm Ormsby.
The battle for a state House seat representing central Spokane was sparked by an earlier run-in and social media conduct. Incumbent Democrat Marcus Riccelli blocked his Republican challenger, Tom Taylor, on Facebook earlier this year after Taylor attacked commenters on Riccelli’s Facebook page.
As Washington moves forward on a new law to expand Spokane County’s board of commissioners from three members to five, the county is pushing back, with a lawsuit planned to block the expansion.
Spokane County to go to a five-member board of commissioners in 2022 election.
State makes Marshallese, other Pacific Islanders, eligible for Medicaid.
More Pacific Islanders, including those from the Marshall Islands, would have access to healthcare under a bill that received final approval in the Senate.
House gives final approval to the state’s Voting Rights Act.
The bill would take effect in 2022 and would add two members to the Spokane County Commission. It’s received bipartisan support in Olympia and the city of Spokane, but current county commissioners argue voters already nixed expansion in a decisive vote at the ballot box more than two years ago.