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Eyman associate Mike Fagan running for Spokane city council seat…

Mike Fagan, who for years has helped run Tim Eyman's anti-tax ballot measures, has filed for a Spokane City Council seat.

"While the city of Spokane braces itself for some lean budget years...the taxpayers of this city deserve to be protected from wanton taxation in order to maintain basic services," Fagan said in a press release this morning. He said he'll file at the county courthouse late this afternoon, running for the District 1 seat now held by Al French.

Fagan's clearly running on his initiative work, saying in his statement that:

Over the last ten years, I have had an impact on every taxpayer in Washington State through my sponsorship of citizen’s initiatives. These efforts have served to bring vehicle license tabs down to a reasonable rate, capped property tax increases, re-established the function of the state auditor, and reigned in the uncontrolled growth of Government. I will continue to serve the citizens of my district, and the city of Spokane with the same bulldog determination as I have portrayed in these endeavors.

Fagan is a disabled veteran, who served as a criminal investigator and contracting officer in the Army. He's co-founder and co-director of "Voters Want More Choices," a political action committee that runs Eyman's measures. The initiatives are a profit-turning venture for Fagan, his father Jack Fagan, and Eyman, who solicit donations to a "compensation fund" for themselves.

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