Party: No party
City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: director of nonprofit group focused on medical marijuana
Career: Executive director of Spokane Designated Provider, a nonprofit support group for patients who may benefit from marijuana. Former resident manager at Latah Services, an assisted living facility for developmentally disabled adults. Chief med tech and lead aide at Fairview Assisted Living, a care facility for patients with dementia and for hospice patients. Founded Sensible Spokane, which has proposed citizen initiatives.
Education: Graduated from Lakeside High School in Nine Mile Falls in 1998. Earned associates degree from Spokane Falls Community College.
Political experience: First run for office, but has attempted to place several initiatives on the ballot, mostly in Spokane and mostly related to decriminalizing marijuana offenses.
Family: Single. No children.
- Web: moody2012.com
More about Ian Moody
Two years ago, Democrats were divided about their choice to challenge U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. But this year, party officials worked to unite the party early behind Spokane businessman and filmmaker Rich Cowan and persuade other potential candidates, including former Spokane Mayor Mary Verner, to stay out of the race.
1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? I have the vision, audacity, and heart to tackle tough issues and fight back when government encroaches on citizens’ rights. By nature and trade I am a caregiver, possessing over a decade of experience working directly with the disabled, aging, and dying of Eastern Washington. I am the author and sponsor of marijuana regulation initiatives circulating in seven regional cities. When the Spokane City Council took steps to impede the initiative process earlier this year, I responded with a counter proposal in the form of a citizens’ initiative. I hope to represent a new generation of doers in congress.
Two groups who favor relaxed enforcement of marijuana laws are battling over similar initiatives they want to put before Spokane voters. Sensible Spokane and Sensible Washington, which are separate organizations, have each filed initiatives with the city of Spokane’s clerk’s office declaring intentions to collect signatures so voters could declare that marijuana laws aimed at adults are the city’s “lowest law enforcement priority.”
A Spokane man active in efforts to legalize marijuana entered the primary for Eastern Washington’s congressional seat Wednesday. Ian Moody, 32, who said he is a leader of the Sensible Spokane Alliance as well as an original member of the Occupy Spokane protest, filed for the seat currently held by Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Moody listed no party preference. Rich Cowan, former chief executive officer of North by Northwest, filed earlier this week as a Democrat, and McMorris Rodgers has not yet filed her paperwork although she is actively campaigning.
Changes to the way citizens can sidestep elected leaders to pass their own laws received the endorsement on Wednesday of Mayor David Condon. But there will be more steps before the new rules become law, if some citizens have their way.