City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: State Representative
Education: Graduated from Mead High School in 1996. Earned bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentrations in marketing and finance from Gonzaga University in 2000. Earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington in 2007.
Work experience: Served as U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s Eastern Washington director, and later as senior policy adviser to then-state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown. Currently a member of the Spokane Advisory Board of Daybreak Youth Services. He works as program manager for CHAS. He recently worked as operations manager for the Northeast Community Center, and has joined Eastern Washington University’s faculty as an adjunct professor in the College of Health Science and Public Health.
Political experience: Won current House seat in 2012. Serves as vice chairman of the Health Care and Wellness Committee, is a member of the Capital Budget and Transportation Committee and is a member of the House Rules Committee. Elected and current Deputy Majority Whip of the House Democrats. Appointed to the Governor’s Healthiest Next Generations Task Force and chairman of the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee.
Family: Married. Has two children.
More about Marcus Riccelli
On this race:
What is your top priority and the main reason why you are running?
In Spokane, people can project a person’s life expectancy, educational attainment and lifetime earnings just by the ZIP code they were born in. That’s not the America I believe in – I want my children to have even greater opportunities than I’ve had. I’ve delivered a fair share for Spokane priorities: $71 million for the North Spokane Corridor; $11.8 million to expand facilities at the NEWTECH Skill Center; $3.38 million for the MAC; and expansion of medical education. We must make even greater investments in schools, grow family-wage jobs, and protect our quality of life for a great future for Spokane.
The McCleary vs. State ruling calls for legislators to move toward fully funding basic education by 2018. How would you suggest legislators find money to do so?
To enhance education and produce better results for students, we must invest more. We need new and innovative ways to close the opportunity gap. But this can’t come at the cost of other vital programs that keep our community strong and protect our most vulnerable. Hungry, sick and homeless kids cannot thrive. We need to aggressively pursue the closure of egregious tax loopholes to promote small class sizes and exceptional K-12 outcomes. We also need to create a level playing field for all Washington kids, and I will continue to fight for funding high-quality, early-learning programs.
Would you support a gas tax to help pay for the completion of the North Spokane Corridor and other infrastructure repairs?
I strongly support a transportation package to help address our maintenance backlog and connect the North Spokane Corridor to I-90. The NSC will reduce travel time, help citizens save on gas, improve air quality and safety, create construction jobs and generate economic development. It is critical that impacted neighborhoods and businesses are included at every step of the new interim design, especially when considering on and off-ramps. I am committed to getting our fair share of a balanced transportation revenue package that includes completing the NSC to I-90, and kick-starting the Central City Link. Let’s finish what we started.
Gun control is a hot discussion topic across the nation. Are things fine the way they are or would you like to make changes? If so, which changes?
When approaching gun laws I have two priorities: protecting the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners and preventing criminals and domestic abusers from easy access to guns. This is why I support expanding background checks to prevent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns online or in private sales. However, I oppose creating a state registry or other licensing beyond what law enforcement officials already keep on sales from federally recognized dealers.
What is your view of the legalization of marijuana and it becoming available in local stores?
As Vice Chair of the House Health Care Committee and an advisory board member for Daybreak Youth Services, which helps teens fighting addiction, I am deeply concerned about underage substance abuse. Washington voted to legalize marijuana to dissolve the unregulated market and replace it with a safe and transparent marketplace that can restrict underage sales. The revenue generated will be used for regulation, enforcement, and substance abuse education—especially for youth. “Business as usual” wasn’t keeping our kids safe. As legalization continues to unfold, I will work hard to ensure the health and safety of our community come first.
|Marcus Riccelli (D)||11,602||57.71 %|
|Tim Benn (I)||6,900||34.32 %|
|Randy McGlenn II (L)||1,603||7.97 %|