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6th District Representative, Position 1

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Mike Volz (R) 36,800 53.45%
Kay Murano (D) 32,044 46.55%

* 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

Mike Volz

Party:
Republican
Age:
55
City:
Spokane, Washington

Education: Graduated from Ritzville High School in 1983. Graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in business with a dual concentration in accounting and finance. Graduated with a masters of business administration in 2005 from Gonzaga. Is a certified public accountant.

Political experience: Elected to the state House in 2016 and re-elected in 2018. Unsuccessfully ran for Spokane County auditor against Vicky Dalton in 2006.Work experience: Chief deputy county treasurer for the last 10 years. Previously worked four years as assistant director of finance at Spokane Transit Authority, seven years as senior finance manager and accountant at Spokane County Treasurer’s Office, one year as a financial analyst for Empire Health Services, two years as controller for small music company The Production Group, and three years as private security guard for Argos Systems. Served three years as military police officer in the Army in West Germany in the 1980s and at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Served in the National Guard after Army.

Family: Married to Diane Volz. Has three children

Campaign finance: Raised about $69,800, as of Sept. 29, 2020, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission. Top contributors include Avista Corp.; Kaiser Aluminum; Amazon; Washington State Trooper Political Action Committee; and the Build East Political Action Committee, the political arm of the Inland Northwest Association of General Contractors.

Kay Murano

Party:
Democratic
City:
Spokane, WA

Education: Graduated from high school from Northwest Christian School. Earned bachelor’s in business administration from Trinity Western University in British Columbia.

Political experience: First time running for office.

Work experience: Worked two years as executive director of Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium; three years as development director at Volunteers of America; eight years program assistant, accountant and grant writer at Catholic Charities; two years as office assistant at Bloomsday Association; and three years as an accountant at GM Nameplate in Seattle.

Family: Married to Joe Murano. Has one child.

 

 

Complete Coverage

Mike Volz has solid lead in race against Kay Murano for 6th District House

Republican Mike Volz is holding a solid 6.5 percentage point lead in the race for a Spokane Legislative seat against Democrat Kay Murano.

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Editorial Endorsements: Holy, Volz and Graham for District 6

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A Republican incumbent state representative will defend his seat in the West Plains against a Democratic challenger who hopes to grow awareness of housing issues at the state level. Mike Volz, who first won his 6th District seat in 2016 and also works as the Spokane County chief deputy treasurer, said education issues got him into politics and he plans to continue his efforts if re-elected November.

Primary shows close race between Mike Volz and Kay Murano for 6th District House seat

A one-term Republican incumbent state representative will defend his seat in the West Plains against a Democratic challenger who hopes to grow awareness of housing issues at the state level.

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A trio of Democrats has filed for office in the state’s 6th Legislative district, which encompasses much of the West Plains. They’re spurred by Demcoratic victories in early contests and what appears to be a contested Congressional race in Eastern Washington, as well as a somewhat open field following the announced departure of Sen. Michael Baumgartner.