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Mary Verner

A candidate for Spokane Mayor, City of Spokane in the 2011 Washington General Election

Party: Democratic

Age: 66

City: Spokane, WA

Education: Graduated from Houston Academy in Dothan, Alabama, in 1973. Earned bachelor's degree in medical anthropology from Davidson College in 1988, master's degree in environmental studies from Yale University in 1992 and law degree from Gonzaga University in 1992.

Political experience: Appointed Deputy for Wildfire & Administration at Washington Department of Natural Resources in 2013 and continues in that role. Served as the mayor of Spokane from 2007-2011 and Spokane city councilwoman from 2004 to 2007. Member and past chairwoman of City of DuPont Tree Board and the DuPont Heirloom Orchard Committee. Member of the Board of National Institute of Building Sciences.

Work experience: Interim CEO, Spokane Tribe Enterprises from 2012 until 2013. Executive Director of the Upper Columbia United Tribes from 2002-2007. Served as director of natural resources for the Spokane Tribe of Indians for about 10 years. Adjunct professor at Whitworth University

Family: Single. Grown daughter and 18-year-old son. Two grandchildren.

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Race Results

Candidate Votes Pct
David Condon 30,768 52.36%
Mary Verner (D) 27,991 47.64%

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