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Tim Benn

A candidate for State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane) in the 2012 Washington General Election

Party: Republican

Age: 41

City: Spokane, WA

Occupation: Co-owner of day-care center

His words: "I don’t think a lot has changed. I still don’t see a City Council that’s focused on the issues that I’ve heard about over the years, being active in the community.

His pitch: A long history as a district resident and previous work lobbying City Hall for school safety measures in the northeast are both reasons voters should support Benn's candidacy, he said. He criticized the current City Council for focusing too much on ideological issues and being forced to backtrack on certain decisions when he said they stepped outside their authority. More needs to be done to inform residents in the district about planned construction ahead of completion of the North Spokane Corridor highway, he said, and the homelessness issue in the town should be addressed by restricting the flow of illicit drugs onto Spokane's streets. 

Work experience: Owns a child day care center, Little Precious Ones, with his wife in the Minnehaha neighborhood of North Spokane.

Education: Graduated from Faith Christian Academy in 1996. Received associate degrees from Spokane Community College in general business, business management and marketing in 2005. Received child development associate’s degree from Blue Prints for Learning in 2011.

Political experience: Defeated in 2017 campaign for the northeast district seat by City Councilwoman Kate Burke. Defeated in 2012 and 2014 general elections as Republican candidate to represent Legislative District 3 in Washington House of Representatives, both to Marcus Riccelli. Current chairman of Minnehaha Neighborhood Council. Led effort to challenge day-care regulations that he says are duplicative and burdensome.

Family: Married. Two adult sons, and a daughter in high school. 

Neighborhood: Minnehaha

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On this race:

Disagrees with state Supreme Court ruling that said that the state isn’t adequately funding basic education. Supports rule requiring supermajority votes to increase taxes. Opposes same-sex marriage. Supports charter schools. Opposes law giving local governments the option to install red light enforcement cameras.

Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Marcus Riccelli (D) 29,906 62.56 %
Tim Benn (R) 17,895 37.44 %

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