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Andy Rathbun

A candidate for Spokane City Council, northwest district, City of Spokane in the 2019 Washington Primary Election, Aug. 6

Party: No party

Age: 56

City: Spokane, WA

Occupation: Retired Air Force. Operates several rental properties in West Central and Emerson-Garfield neighborhoods.

His words: "There’s been a lot of wasted time on some issues, that the City Council can’t or shouldn’t’ be affecting … I’m looking to help affect positive change for Spokane."

His pitch: A longtime resident and volunteer in the West Central neighborhood, Rathbun says he hopes to re-align the Spokane City Council's priorities to match the mindset of its residents. Property crime is a big issue for residents, he said, and he hopes to dedicate some of the tax base brought in by growth to adding more police officers to the department, noting the city is below the national average for staffing based on population. Rathbun says he has experience working in an advocacy role for his neighborhood with police and elected officials at City Hall and hopes to translate that experience to serving as its councilmember, after switching his candidacy from the mayor's race earlier this year.  

Education: Earned a bachelor's degree in physical sciences from Kansas State University in 1987. Completed some coursework at Washington State University. Graduated from Richland High School in Richland, Washington, in 1982. 

Political experience: Made list of finalists for appointment to District 3 council seat in 2006, after shuffle at City Hall caused by Mayor Jim West's resignation. Longtime member of the West Central Community Center board of directors, as well as a member of the West Central neighborhood council.

Work experience: Retired from the U.S. Air Force in October after a nearly 32-year military career. Left the service with the rank of lieutenant colonel. 

Family: Married. Three daughters. Three grandchildren.

Neighborhood: West Central

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Race Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Karen J. Stratton (N) 7,616 47.68%
Andy Rathbun (N) 3,831 23.98%
Jeff Martin (N) 2,293 14.35%
Ken Side (N) 810 5.07%
Christopher Savage (N) 751 4.70%
Jeff Rugan (N) 673 4.21%

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