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State Senator

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
James R. Apker (L) 4,188 25.70%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

About The Race

Because there are only two candidates, both will advance to the November election.

The Candidates

James R. Apker

Party:
Libertarian
Age:
45
City:
Mead, WA
Occupation:
Electronics technician

Education: Graduated from Riverside High School in 1995. Earned associate degree in network engineering from Spokane Community College and associate degree in construction management from Edmonds Community College.

Work experience: Small business owner doing residential construction and consultation. Former electronics installation and service technician. Has worked as a construction worker, satellite installation technician and project manager.

Political background: Has held no public office. Previously ran for state representative in the 7th Legislative District.

Family: Single

Complete Coverage

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.

Return hardworking Billig to Olympia

In his six years in the Legislature, Billig has demonstrated his ability to work from the center to achieve legislative success.

Charter school “fix” sent to Gov. Jay Inslee

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.

WaLeg Day 60: Charter school fix gets final OK

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.

Shawn Vestal: Washington Legislature is OK with political dark money

Another year, another death for Andy Billig’s attempt to shine more light on dark money in state politics. This year, instead of a proposal that drew support in both houses before being scotched by business lobbyists, the Washington DISCLOSE Act was simply bottled up by the Senate majority, never to see the light of day.

Washington Senate agrees to task force to seek public school fix

The Senate approved a bill to set up a task force that would come up with a plan next year to meet court mandated obligations to public schools.

Senate approves bill to pay for charter schools with lottery money

Senate Republicans moved to keep charter schools open with Lottery money in an effort to find a system that would pass muster with the Supreme Court.

Senate passes charter school bill

Senate Republicans moved to keep charter schools open with Lottery money in an effort to find a system that would pass muster with the Supreme Court.

State Supreme Court stands firm in dispute with Legislature over education funding

OLYMPIA – Enough already with promises to fix the state’s schools, the state Supreme Court told the Legislature on Thursday. Until the Legislature establishes a concrete plan, it’ll cost the state $100,000 a day, the justices ruled. The court strongly suggested lawmakers return to the Capitol for a fourth special session, saying it would void the fines if that results in a plan for the remaining obstacles to meeting a constitutional mandate to treat public education as the state’s paramount duty.