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State Representative Pos. 1

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Dave White (R) 6,030 31.57%
Andy Billig (D) 5,894 30.86%
Bob Apple (D) 3,894 20.39%
Louise Chadez (D) 3,284 17.19%

* 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

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.

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.

Bob Apple

Party:
Democrat
Age:
65
City:
Spokane, Washington

Education: Graduated from Ferris High School in 1975. Attended classes at Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College, Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University, but never earned a degree.

Work experience: Retired. Previously ran the Comet Tavern in Hillyard for 17 years, formerly owned a roofing and contracting business and briefly ran a South Hill bar called Somewhere in 2014.

Political experience: Served on the Spokane City Council from 2004 to 2011. He previously ran unsuccessfully for a 6th Legislative District legislative position as a Republican in 1986 and as a Democrat for a 3rd District House seat in 2010 and 2012.

Family: Single. No children

Campaign fundraising: $79.90 as of Sept. 3, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, all of which came from the candidate.

Louise Chadez

Party:
Democrat