Party: No party
City: Spokane, WA
Why running: “I’ve seen a lot of great things happen, I also see a lot of challenges. I want to continue working for the citizens of Spokane,” Stuckart said. “I think I’ve been very effective as a council president and we’ve done a lot of great programs, but I want to see some of them to the finish.”
His pitch: Stuckart said he believes he’s the best candidate to address the city’s housing crisis, which he believes is the root of the homelessness issue.
He also points to his accomplishments as the city’s legislative leader for nearly eight years and the city’s continued economic growth.
Political experience: Served two terms as City Council president.
Work experience: Former executive director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County. Former regional manager at TicketsWest, 2001 to 2007. Spokesman for the 2010 campaign in support of the Children’s Investment Fund initiative, which voters rejected.
Education: Graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1990. Earned bachelor’s degree in political science from Gonzaga University in 2000 and master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University in 2006.
Family: Married. Has no children.
More about Ben Stuckart
A late entry in the race for Spokane City Council president turned what otherwise would have been a sleepy primary into a campaign with interest. Voters can chose among a newcomer to city politics, two of the most experienced political leaders in Spokane, and a long-shot candidate. The two who finish with the most votes will face each other in the November election. Ballots for the Aug. 16 primary will be mailed this week.
Ben Stuckart gives his positions on taxes, libraries, streets and other issues facing the city in The Spokesman-Review’s Spokane City Council candidate questionnaire. Stuckart faces Dennis Hession, Steve Corker and Victor Noder in the race for a seat representing South Spokane.
Glover Middle School student William Fausett already has figured out how he’ll pay for college, manage a budget and make sensible purchases. He learned his lessons in the Comcast College and Career Center recently established in his Spokane school.