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Shar Lichty

A candidate for Mayor, City of Spokane in the 2015 Washington Primary

Party: Democratic

Age: 55

City: Spokane, WA

Occupation: Community organizer

Work experience: Organizer with the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane.  Previously a special education paraeducator.

Education: Graduated from Ontario (California) High School in 1983. Earned degree from Spokane Community College in 2008. Earned bachelor’s degree in social work and minor in Africana Studies from Eastern Washington University in 2010.

Political Experience: Lost to David Condon in race for Spokane mayor in 2015. Involved in the local campaign for referendum 74, the 2012 statewide ballot measure to legalize marriage equality.

Family: Divorced. Has four kids.

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Race Results

Candidate Votes Pct
David Condon 17,078 66.36%
Shar Lichty (D) 6,216 24.15%
Michael Noder 2,442 9.49%

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