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Dennis Dellwo

A candidate for State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 6 (West Plains and western Spokane) in the 2012 Washington General Election

Party: Democrat

Age: 75

City: Spokane, WA

Occupation: Attorney

Career: Attorney. Former legislator

Education: Graduated from Gonzaga Prep, 1963. Received bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in 1967. Received law degree from Arizona State University in 1971.

Political experience: Elected to state House, representing Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District from 1983 until 1996. Lost 1995 race for Spokane County Superior Court judge. Resigned from Legislature in 1996 to accept appointment to Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board. Current Spokane City Plan commissioner. Has served on the boards of several nonprofit agencies, including the United Way and Goodwill Industries. Served on former Spokane Mayor Mary Verner’s Sustainability Task Force.

Military experience: U.S. Army, 1971. U.S. Army Reserves, 1971-1979

Family: Married. Has three adult daughters and three adult step-daughters.

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Race Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Jeff Holy (R) 33,085 55%
Dennis Dellwo (D) 27,071 45%

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The announcement earlier this year from state Rep. John Ahern that he wouldn’t seek a new term has opened the door for a competitive primary for his Spokane County seat. Ahern, a Republican, represents the 6th Legislative District, which surrounds central Spokane on the south, west and north. It has been a swing district in recent years, but Republicans swept the district’s positions in 2010.

Dennis Dellwo, Q&A on 15 topics

DENNIS DELLWO, Democrat 1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? I have been extensively involved in neighborhood and city affairs and have a clear understanding of our community and its concerns. I spent 13 years in the Washington State Legislature. While a legislator I held leadership positions, was chairman of important committees and architect of key legislation. I not only bring this experience to the 6th District, but I will be able to take the 6th and Spokane’s concerns to the table when legislation or budgets are considered. I will hit the ground running. I also spent 12 years as the attorney member of the Growth Management Hearing Board.

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