Party: No party
City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: Fire dispatcher
His words: "I feel like our area doesn't have as loud a voice as other areas. Like on the news, when stuff happens, it doesn't get portrayed as often as the other side. Little stuff like when, Monroe Street was happening last year, all the construction, you heard about it on the news all the time. Over here, they're doing Wellesley, they're doing Francis for the north/south corridor, it's not necessarily getting the same play as some of the other areas."
His pitch: Having been laid off as a member of the city's fire department team, and seeing his wife receive a lay-off notice from Spokane Public Schools in her job as a bilingual instructor at Rogers High School, Lefebvre said City Hall needs to pay more attention to the needs of the northeast district. That includes assisting business owners who may be affected by the completion of the North Spokane Corridor highway project and the homelessness that affects people living outside the downtown core. The district needs more affordable housing to attract young families and those hoping to break into home ownership, as well as provide for upward mobility with services to help young families before and after school.
Work experience: Previously a 911 and Crime Check dispatcher before switching to fire in 2016.
Education: Received bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Gonzaga University in 2010. Earned associate's degree in 2008 from Clark College, and graduated from Fort Vancouver High School in Vancouver, Washington, in 2008.
Political experience: First run for political office.
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