A candidate for State Senator, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane) in the 2016 Washington General Election, Nov. 8
City: Spokane, Washington
Occupation: State representative
Education: Graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland in 1986. Earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Georgetown University in 1990.
Work experience: Former general manager and president of the Spokane Indians baseball team. Current co-owner and executive with the team.
Political experience: Elected state representative in the 3rd District in 2010. Served for two years before winning 3rd District senate seat in 2012. Re-elected in 2016. Currently serves as the Senate majority leader.
Family: Divorced. Has two children.
Campaign fundraising: $275,140 as of Sept. 2, according to the Public Disclosure Commission. Top donations include $2,000 each from MACPAC, Kaiser Aluminum, Centurylink, Avista Corp., Premera BFlue Cross, Microsoft, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the Washington State Troopers PAC.
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City or state officials could require slower rail speeds through downtown Spokane under a bill introduced Wednesday.
Comparing pay for teachers and other public school employees around Washington is difficult, experts tell lawmakers as the Legislature tries to figure out how much the state must spend to improve basic education.
Spokane’s legislative delegation not likely to lose any clout even though the election is pointing to some changes likely in next year’s session.
Incumbents on both sides of the aisle appeared headed for additional terms in Olympia as ballots were counted Tuesday. Republican Mike Volz was poised to earn the House seat vacated by popular lawmaker Kevin Parker, who announced he wouldn’t seek re-election earlier this year.
As a sea of red states blipped onto three giant projector screens, the crowded ballroom of Spokane’s Lincoln Center became a sea of grimacing faces.
In race for central Spokane senate seat, incumbent Andy Billig faces Libertarian James Apker in friendly contest
There can be a lot of vitriol in American politics, but a race for a seat in the Washington State Senate has been amicable, mostly. “It’s refreshing that we have two candidates who have very different political views, but really get along well personally,” said Democratic Sen. Andy Billig, who is up against Libertarian James Apker in the 3rd Legislative District, covering central Spokane.
A possible fix to Washington’s charter school law received final approval from lawmakers Thursday, giving the schools a chance of staying open with Lottery money.