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Spokane City Council, south council district

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Breean L. Beggs (N) 10,434 57.97%
Andy Dunau (N) 7,565 42.03%

* 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

The Candidates

Breean L. Beggs

Party:
No party
Age:
57
City:
Spokane, WA

Why he’s running: Beggs is running for a second term amid what he believes is a wave of momentum behind the city. “Spokane is, right now, what I call ‘in play.’ It can really take the next step, and the momentum is strong. I’m someone who brings people together, especially from opposing viewpoints. I have enough knowledge with 3 three and a half years on the council to really facilitate moving forward together.”

His pitch: In his three-plus years on the City Council, Beggs believes he has established himself as a member who brings people together from opposing viewpoints and finds compromise. Beggs has been deployed to find common ground in the city’s approach to emergency communications.

Education: Graduated from Timberline High School in Lacey, Washington. Earned a bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University in 1985 and a law degree from University of Washington School of Law in 1991.

Political experience: Beggs was first nominated to fill a vacancy on the City Council in 2016. He won election to that same seat in 2017. He lost the race for Spokane County prosecutor in 2014.

Work experience: Beggs, an attorney, worked as the director of the Center for Justice from 2004 to 2010. He represented the family of Otto Zehm in a lawsuit against the city. Works as a private practice attorney in Spokane with Paukert & Troppmann PLLC.

Family: Married. Has three children.

Andy Dunau

Party:
No party
Age:
60
Occupation:
President and founder of Dunau Associates, a consulting firm

His words: "My perspective is that, we're - as a nation and locally - our politics has drifted both farther to the left and farther to the right. My campaign is about trying to recapture the middle, where we can build consensus and find common ground and get things done."

His pitch: Dunau believes he offers a centrist approach to a City Council race that includes opponents with strong political persuasions, despite the office being nonpartisan. The 28-year resident of Spokane points to his years of service on the Spokane Park Board, particularly his time as overseer of the park system's finances, as experience in making difficult decisions with public dollars that will serve him well at City Hall. Dunau says he would return the council's focus to "basic services," including fixing streets and tamping down crime. 

Education: Attended high school in Bethesda, Maryland. Earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Grinnell College, a private liberal arts school in Iowa, in 1981. Earned a master's degree in public administration from New York University in Manhattan, 1986.

Political experience: First run for office. Served on Spokane Park Board from 2011-2016.

Work experience: Founder and president of Dunau Associates, a communications consulting firm that has operated in Spokane for 28 years after Dunau moved from Los Angeles.Executive director of the Spokane River Forum, a nonprofit promoting the health of the river system.

Family: Lives with partner. Has three children.

Neighborhood: Rockwood

Complete Coverage

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