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Mitch Swenson

A candidate for School Board, District 5, Cheney School District in the 2015 Nov. 3 Washington General Election


Age: 61

Occupation: Owns several apartment buildings

Education: Graduated from Cheney High School in 1978. Earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from Eastern Washington University in 1982.

Political experience: Cheney Public Schools board director since 2015.

Work experience: Has worked as a commercial real estate broker with NAI Black in Spokane for 36 years. He specializes in selling apartment buildings and owns a number of complexes.

Family: Widowed. He has five daughters who all graduated from Cheney High School.

His pitch: Swenson said he has a deep passion for the Cheney area and its schools. He said serving on the school board the lpast few years has been a chance for him to give back since he and many family members attended area schools. The board needs to continue planning for growth and acquiring land for future school construction, he said. With years of experience as a real estate broker and apartment building owner, he said he is equipped to budget and manage a business. Swenson said he supports the capital levy on the ballot so the school district will be able to build new schools, improve technology and attract more students.

His words: “I believe strongly that we as a populous are seeing so much growth in our area all of a sudden and need to make sure our kids have a great system, including great teachers and facilities.”

Race Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Mitch Swenson 1,893 56.02%
James Whiteley 1,486 43.98%

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