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Brad Benson (R)

Thu., Oct. 31, 1996

Resume: 37, transferred to Spokane in 1986 by Air Force, after joining in 1982 … Hired by Seafirst in 1988 as banking officer; left in January to help wife run Hansen’s Creamery … Associate degree, Grossmont College in San Diego; undergraduate degree, business administration, Sacramento State University; MBA from Gonzaga … Volunteers at area schools, Habitat for Humanity, Trinity Baptist Church; counseled families to help avoid bankruptcy; teaches Sunday school … Member, Rotary Club, Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce … Married, three children.

Finances: Raised $27,235.79 as of Oct. 21, including $2,764.25 worth of mailing labels from the Washington State Republican Party, $1,100 from Safeco, $1,100 from the Washington State Dental PAC, $1,000 from the Boeing Co., $1,000 from Washington Water Power and $1,000 from a Chattaroy couple.

Why he’s running: “I think I can make a difference. I don’t think government is efficient or effective.”

Top priority: “Restore local control to education.”

, DataTimes

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