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Spokane County Treasurer

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Michael Baumgartner (R) 126,421 57.48%
David Green (D) 93,516 42.52%

* 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.

The Candidates

Michael Baumgartner

Party:
Republican
Age:
44
City:
Spokane, WA

Education: Graduated from Pullman High School in 1995, after attending Gonzaga Prep for two years. Graduated from Washington State University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Graduated from Harvard University in 2002 with a master’s degree in public administration.

Work experience: Worked for office of the Crown Prince of Dubai as economic development adviser for about a year starting in June 2002. Worked two years starting in the spring of 2003 for i4, a company that hoped to build a telecommunication network in Saudi Arabia. Worked as Dubai-based business consultant for about a year. Worked as consultant for Hecla Mining related to gold mine in Venezuela for several months in 2006. Worked as economics officer for the U.S. State Department in Iraq for about a year starting in spring 2007. Worked for Civilian Police International, a State Department contractor, in Afghanistan on a counter-narcotics program for about eight months starting in December 2008. Provided pre-deployment advisory to U.S. military on counterinsurgency. Lecturer on counterinsurgency at Sciences Po University in Paris.

Political experience: Elected to state Senate in 2010, unseating Democratic incumbent Chris Marr. Unsuccessfully challenged Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell in 2012. Previously served as vice chairman of Senate Ways and Means Committee and chairman of Commerce and Labor committee.

Family: Married. Has four children.

 

 

David Green

Party:
Democratic
City:
Spokane, Washington

Education: Graduated in 1975 from Brecksville High School in Brecksville, Ohio. Graduated from Georgetown University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in international economics. Earned law degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1982. Earned graduate law degree in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1989.

Political experience: Lost race for Spokane County treasurer in 2018 against Michael Baumgartner.

Work experience: Owns tax practice David Green CPA, PLLC. Certified public accountant since 1984. Certified financial planner professional since 2008. Passed the Series 65, Uniform Investment Advisor Law Examination in 2006. Has worked at two of the four biggest accounting firms in the world, known as "The Big Four." Worked as a tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and worked as a tax senior manager for Ernst & Young. Worked as a tax partner at Moss Adams in Spokane. Former adjunct instructor at Gonzaga University’s graduate school of business. Former officer and board member of the Fox Theater organization, Spokane Symphony, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, and Spokane Estate Planning Council.

Family: Declined to provide wife's name. No children.

Fundraising: Raised $3,634 as of Sept. 18, 2020. His largest contributors include himself, the Spokane Regional Labor Council and 7th Legislative Democrats.

Complete Coverage

Mike Leach, Michael Baumgartner tease football and war leadership course at Washington State University

The head football coach at WSU tweeted what appeared to be a fully realized syllabus Sunday night for the course, which he first teased in late November. Michael Baumgartner, the former state senator and current Spokane County treasurer, confirmed he’d been working with Leach on the course layout and believed the course would bring a fresh perspective to the study of nontraditional warfare, and how to counter it.

Kevin Parker, Michael Baumgartner say they won’t run for Spokane mayor; KXLY anchor Nadine Woodward says she has ‘no immediate plans’

As the race for Spokane mayor draws closer, local leaders say the pool of candidates will likely narrow and stronger candidates will come forward later in the election season. Two prominent local Republicans announced they wouldn’t be running for mayor in a social media post last week and a long-time local TV anchor said she didn’t have immediate plans to run for office.

Michael Baumgartner will be next Spokane County treasurer

State Sen. Michael Baumgartner has emerged as frontrunner for Spokane County Treasurer, securing 57 percent of the vote over challenger David Green in Tuesday’s general election.

Spokane County treasurer candidates square off over office’s role in policymaking, proper investments

The two men running for Spokane County treasurer squared off in a television debate taped Tuesday morning, disagreeing over the treasurer’s role in policymaking.

Michael Baumgartner, David Green differ on role of Spokane County treasurer

Both candidates for Spokane County treasurer have lots of experience. But they differ on the kind of experience that’s better suited for the job and how to use that experience.

Students, some too young to remember, gather at Whitworth University to honor victims of 9/11

Students at Whitworth University gathered to remember the victims of 9/11.

Republicans distance themselves from Allsup; Knezovich says he warned the party

Republican leaders continued to distance themselves from white nationalist James Allsup on Thursday, saying the Spokane County GOP chairwoman made an error in judgment when she introduced Allsup during a meeting of local conservatives earlier this month. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, meanwhile, said he’d been sounding the alarm about Allsup for weeks, telling fellow conservatives it would be “a bad, bad idea” to give him a platform to speak.

Ad watch: Latest attack ads against Brown make questionable claims

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the state Republican Party are stepping up attacks on Democratic challenger Lisa Brown with a mailer that suggests the former state legislator is soft on sexual predators and a newspaper ad that she claims credit where it’s not due.

GOP lawmakers want state to change provisions for union dues

As the state removes agency fees for nonunion workers, Republican legislators call for changes on union dues.

Spin Control: Enough credit and blame to go around on McCleary

With the McCleary case over, Democrats and Republicans differ on who gets credit or blame.

Sen. Michael Baumgartner defends meeting with autocratic Cambodian leader Hun Sen

An exiled Cambodian leader criticized state legislators for meeting with sanctioned government. State Sen. Mike Baumgartner says it’s better to talk than be isolated.

Shawn Vestal: The Mikes do Southeast Asia, one tweet at a time

Call it Mike and Mike’s Excellent Adventure: A Twitter Bromance.

Spin Control: Filing week used to start with an all-nighter

As filing week nears, some memories about the way it used to begin – and end

Leach joins lawmakers on trip to Cambodia

Three legislators, Mike Leach met with Cambodian prime minister.

Spin Control: Justice won’t recuse herself from charter school case because of speech

Senator says speech means Supreme Court justice should remove herself from upcoming case. She says he’s wrong.

Senate resolution takes shot at Inslee

Senate resolution attempts to mock Gov. Jay Inslee after his veto of Legislature’s effort to exempt itself from the Public Records Act

Senate resolution takes shot at Inslee

Senate resolution attempts to mock Gov. Jay Inslee after his veto of Legislature’s effort to exempt itself from the Public Records Act.

Route 395 to be name Foley Memorial Highway

Senate gave final approval to a plan to name U.S. Highway 395 as a memorial to former Rep. Tom Foley.

Senate OKs teen voter pre-registration

Senate gives final approval to allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote when they turn 18.

Baumgartner to run for Spokane County treasurer

Sen. Mike Baumgartner will run for Spokane County treasurer rather than seek a third term in Legislature.