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The Third Legislative District's delegation will hold a gathering something between a town hall and a coffee klatch Monday afternoon.
Dubbed a "mobile office" meeting, Sen. Andy Billig and Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli will be at Indaba Coffee, 1425 W. Broadway to give constituents a chance to comment or ask questions about legislation that affects the region. The three Democrats will be there from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Marcus Riccelli is comfortably in first place in the 3rd District House race, but three candidates are bunched up in the race for second place and a spot on the general election ballot.
As this map shows, Riccelli owes his first place standing to doing well in the western and southern precincts of the district. Bob Apple ran strong in the northeast portions of the district, which correspond closely to his old council district. Tim Benn won a few of his precincts big, and Jon Snyder was strongest in the precincts in or near his south Spokane Council District.
For a closer look at the map, check out the PDF file.
Democratic State Rep. Andy Billig made it official Thursday that he would run for re-election in the 3rd Legislative District.
Billig, the co-owner of the Spokane Indians baseball team, was elected to an open seat in 2010 in a crowded race. With just over two weeks before candidates file for office, he has no announced opposition.
He scheduled a campaign kickoff event for May 16, saying he wants to continue "to fight for our community's values like equal rights, justice and prosperity."
The 3rd District covers much of central Spokane, including downtown, he lower South Hill, East Central, Logan, Hillyard and West Central. It's one of the state's most reliably Democratic districts.
Although Billig is the district's least senior legislator, his two seatmates have already drawn Republican opponents. Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown faces Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin and Rep. Timm Ormsby faces Dave White, who ran unsuccessfully against Billig in 2010.
The proposed new boundaries for Spokane's 3rd Legislative District could be helpful for a potential bid by Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin.
The proposed district (map here) still would strongly favor Democrats, but it also would add some Republican-leaning precincts.
McLaughlin said last week that she will decide in the next few months if she will challenge Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown. She said that she and her husband have ruled out a run for state House because she would have to focus too much on reelection efforts with only two-year terms.
Republicans have looked to McLaughlin to run for Legislature at least since 2009, when she won reelection resoundingly over neighborhood leader Karen Kearney. She captured 67 percent of the vote, in a district that voted for Barack Obama a year earlier. She also has become extremely interested in Legislative politics with her involvement in the Washington Association of Cities. (She is president of the group this year.)
McLaughlin has proven that she can win big in a council district that leans slightly Democratic. But can she win in a Legislative district that's the most Democratic in Eastern Washington?
OLYMPIA – Tuesday is Election Day 2011 – or what passes for one in a state that mailed out its ballots two weeks ago and will spend more than two weeks counting the returns – but it could be a key day for Election Days 2012-21.
That morning is the next meeting of the state Redistricting Commission, which is weighing two proposals to redraw congressional and legislative lines in Washington…
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OLYMPIA — New numbers from the Washington Secretary of State's office confirm what political experts in Spokane have long believed:
Central Spokane's 3rd Legislative District, along with being among the state's poorest, is among the state's lightest voting.
The state Elections Office released voter turnout for the state's 49 legislative districts this morning, and they show a wide range of ballots cast, voter registration and turnout (ballots cast divided by voters registered) across the state.
Spokane's 3rd District was fourth from the bottom as far as ballots cast and turnout. Final tallies show that 35,835 voters, or 63.3 percent of those registered in the district, cast a ballot.
Other legislative districts that are completely or partly in Spokane County did significantly better:
The 6th District was fourth from the top, with 64,673 ballots, or a 74.5 percent turnout of its 86,796 voters.
The Valley's 4th District was 17th, with 58,461 ballots or a 72.4 percent turnout.
Northeast Washington's 7th District was 24th, with 55,411 ballots and a 74.2 percent turnout.
Southeast Washington's 9th District was 28th, with 51,223 ballots and a 73.1 percent turnout. (The turnout was slightly smaller in the 4th, even though the number of ballots is larger, because the 4th has considerably more registered voters than either of the two rural districts.)
The three Democrats running for the open House seat in Central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District had very different bases of support.
The map shows the vote totals without Republican Dave White, who also seems set to advance to the general election from the Top Two primary. City Councilman Bob Apple ran strongest in his council district, which stretches east from Division, from the river to the northern city boundaries. Andy Billig ran stronger to the west of Division and up onto the South Hill. Louise Chadez ran strongest in West Central, and near Gonzaga University.
A Hayden, Idaho businessman has filed to run as a write-in candidate against Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, saying Hart’s tax woes prompted him to jump into the race against a fellow conservative. “We all pay our taxes, and my feeling is what he did was wrong,” Howard Griffiths said of Hart. “There’s no justification for it. If we all took that attitude, and the way Washington’s printing money, this country wouldn’t last three minutes if none of us paid our taxes.” Hart is the target of an ethics investigation in the Idaho House; in late July, a special House Ethics Committee cleared him, on a 4-3 party-line vote, of conflict-of-interest charges for voting on and sponsoring tax legislation while he was waging his own fight against back state and federal income taxes. He still faces a pending charge of abuse of legislative privilege/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Are you glad to see that Rep. Phil Hart isn’t running entirely unopposed?
The top photo is Andy Billig’s reaction to the announcement that he would advance to the general election.
The next photo is Billig’s response to finding out he will face Republican Dave White in the general election.
It’s hard to blame Billig for appearing to be more jubilant when learning that he will face a Republican in the general election. The 3rd Legislative District is heavily Democratic.
Asked about his response, he said he was most excited to just move on.
“Our goal was to make it to the general election, and we achieved that goal,” Billig said.
Here’s the latest video of candidates from the 3rd Legislative District vying to replace retiring state Rep. Alex Wood.
John Ahern’s campaign released this form Wednesday after Bob Apple denied endorsing Ahern. Both Ahern and his campaign manager, Josh Kerns, said they witnessed Apple signing it last year at the county fair.
The top of the form is quite clear: “I endorse John Ahern for State Representative in the 6th District, position 2. By signing below, I give permission to Citizens for Ahern to use my name in campaign materials for the 2010 election. Your contact information will not be shared with anyone outside the campaign. Thank you for your support!”
The campaign blocked other names and Apple’s contact information before releasing the document.
So far, Apple’s opponents in the race are Spokane Indians Baseball Club President Andy Billig and social worker Louise Chadez.
In an interview this morning, Billig said Apple’s endorsement is “surprising,” but that he had no further comment about the issue.
Alex Wood said he will retire from the Legislature at the end of next year, creating a possible free-for-all among Democrats in central Spokane’s 3rd District.
Wood told the Warren G. Magnuson Democratic Club at lunch today that the upcoming session (sessions, perhaps if they can’t figure out the budget dilemma) will be his last. He’s been in the House of Representatives since January 1997, after more than 20 years as a radio broadcaster.
He never faced a serious Republican challenge in his succeeding elections, but then, it’s one of the state’s most reliably Democratic districts. Open seats in the 3rd can set off a stampede in the primary.
Wood’s announcement made final what he’s been hinting at since the 2008 election. Already in the race is Andy Billig, president and part-owner of the Spokane Indians baseball club.