Mary Ann McCurdy, a Democratic activist and Spokane real estate agent, was named Wednesday as Gov. Gary Locke’s representative for Eastern Washington.
McCurdy was chosen from among five applicants for the job. She called it “a special opportunity to serve in government.”
“It’s my job to listen to local concerns and pass them on to the governor,” she said Wednesday.
She will take over next week from Judith Gilmore, who served in the same position for former Gov. Mike Lowry. The office will remain at 1611 W. Indiana.
McCurdy has served on Community Partners, a group appointed by Spokane Mayor Jack Geraghty to review the City Charter, and on the citizens committee studying the Lewis and Clark High School building proposals.
A Spokane resident for 15 years, she also served on the Realtors Association’s government affairs committee.
A former teacher and college counselor, McCurdy and her husband were co-owners of a minor league baseball team, the Butte, Mont., Copper Kings, until last summer.
After the team was sold to a group of investors, Jim McCurdy was named president of the Pioneer League, a collection of Class A rookie league teams in Rocky Mountain cities.