Party: No party
City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: Commercial account manager for the job recruiting firm Express Employment Professionals
His words: "“It’s very important to me, that my kids, and future city leaders grow up in that same kind of wholesome, family friendly environment that I did. Spokane is still a very compassionate city."
His pitch: Professional experience helping Spokane residents find jobs will help Rugan, a first-time candidate, address the poverty that is driving a part of the city’s homelessness problem, he says. That includes working with those who live on the streets to determine what’s behind their living situation, whether it be addiction or short-term financial instability. Rugan also favors an increased police presence downtown, including a new downtown precinct, to discourage illegal behavior in public.
Work experience: Marketing Director for a dental firm; Radio Promotions for Capitol Records; Post Production for television and film in Hollywood.
Education: Completed coursework toward an associates degree at the Art Institute in Seattle. Graduated from Mead High School in 2000.
Political experience: Member of the Spokane Salary Review commission, the civilian panel that determines pay for elected officials. First run for political office.
Family: One son, and many brothers who grew up in Mead.
Andy Rathbun, Jeff Martin, Christopher Savage, Ken Side and Jeff Rugan have filed against the incumbent councilwoman, who’s been in office since 2015 and has, at times, butted heads with Mayor David Condon as a member of the council’s perceived liberal supermajority.