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State Representative Pos. 1

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Andy Billig (D) 19,073 60.38%
Dave White (R) 12,515 39.62%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

The Candidates

Andy Billig

Party:
Democrat
Age:
53
City:
Spokane, Washington
Occupation:
State representative

Education: Graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland in 1986. Earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Georgetown University in 1990.

Work experience: Former general manager and president of the Spokane Indians baseball team. Current co-owner and executive with the team.

Political experience: Elected state representative in the 3rd District in 2010. Served for two years before winning 3rd District senate seat in 2012. Re-elected in 2016. Currently serves as the Senate majority leader.

Family: Divorced. Has two children.

Campaign fundraising: $275,140 as of Sept. 2, according to the Public Disclosure Commission. Top donations include $2,000 each from MACPAC, Kaiser Aluminum, Centurylink, Avista Corp., Premera BFlue Cross, Microsoft, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the Washington State Troopers PAC.

Dave White

Party:
Republican
Age:
69
City:
Spokane, WA
Occupation:
County public works inspector

His pitch: A principled conservative focused on street and utility work, and public safety, who will help right the overreach of the current City Council.

His words: “I’m a very strict constitutionalist, both the U.S. Constitution and the Washington state Constitution. Here in Washington, our constitution is a work of art. It is a well-designed document that will work for us well if we pay attention to it.”

Neighborhood: North Hill

Day job: Spokane County public works inspector

Notable experience: Public works inspector for Spokane County utilities department since 1999. Formerly an inspector for Spokane County engineering department, starting in 1991. Former owner-operator tractor-trailer driver. Served in U.S. Navy during Vietnam War. Republican Party precinct committee officer, district leader on Republican Party executive board.

Education: Graduated from Medical Lake High School in 1970. Earned associate degree in applied science from Spokane Community College in 1977.

Complete Coverage

Washington has hefty agenda, but financial concerns top list

Washington’s Legislature starts Monday with a single-mindedness even some of its most senior members have never seen. Across party lines, and between the chambers, among freshmen and veterans, few will dispute the 105-day session’s top priority.

Andy Billig

Democrat Andy Billig reacts to his early lead in a state House race on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.

Youth forum evokes best in politicians

Seen the new attack ad on Chris Marr? I won’t repeat any of it, other than to note that it formally marked the moment when the local election season went from discouraging to scumbaggy. As it always does. This is the wearying season for people who follow politics. Things get stupider and meaner as they become more important. But on Thursday night – while Patty Murray and Dino Rossi slugged it out at KSPS – there was another event on the Spokane political calendar that offered a reminder of the other, sometimes invisible political world.

Washington Legislature, District 3, House Position 1

Although the district leans Democratic, it was a Republican who topped the August primary for the seat that will soon be vacated by retiring state Rep. Alex Wood, D-Spokane.

Motorcyclists want candidates’ attention

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Chadez endorses Billig

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How the Ds split the 3rd Leg District

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White has tough task in facing Billig

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A party for the cast-aside Democrats

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Apple not running for grammarian

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Apple disputes allegations of unpaid bills

A Spokane Valley roofing business is accusing legislative candidate and Spokane City Councilman Bob Apple of not paying for nearly $9,000 in supplies. But Apple says it’s really Systems Roofers Supply Inc. that owes him money. He says the company, owned by MacArthur Co., is slandering him in the midst of an election.

Apple, Billig, Chadez, White part 3: Budget cuts

Candidates for the Washington state House in the 3rd Legislative District (Position 1) Bob Apple, Andy Billig, Louise Chadez and Dave White answer the question: “What cuts would you make to help balance the budget?”

3rd Legislative District, Position 1, candidate interviews

Candidates for the state House in the 3rd Legislative District (Position 1) Bob Apple, Andy Billig, Louise Chadez and Dave White answer the question: “Why do you feel that you are the best candidate?”

3rd Legislative District, Position 1, interviews (Part 2)

Candidates for the state House in the 3rd Legislative District (Position 1) Bob Apple, Andy Billig, Louise Chadez and Dave White answer the question: “Would you support tax increases to help balance the budget?”

Retirement creates opportunity in 3rd

Speculation that Rep. Alex Wood might retire after more than a decade representing central Spokane in the state House of Representatives sparked vast interest in the seat among Democrats. After all, the 3rd Legislative District is Eastern Washington’s most reliably Democratic district.

3rd Legislative District, Position 1

Personal: 54, Democrat. Born in Spokane. Single. No children. Education: Graduated from Ferris High School in 1975.

3rd Legislative District (Position 1) candidates, issues

Personal: 54, Democrat. Born in Spokane. Single. No children. Education: Graduated from Ferris High School in 1975.

Retirement creates opportunity in 3rd

Speculation that Rep. Alex Wood might retire after more than a decade representing central Spokane in the state House of Representatives sparked vast interest in the seat among Democrats. After all, the 3rd Legislative District is Eastern Washington’s most reliably Democratic district.