City: Spokane, WA
His pitch: Hester has spent a decade working with and managing District 10 firefighters. He also has 30 years of experience in financial management that he said he would apply to the commissioner position. He wants to increase integration with nearby fire departments and look at staffing levels to improve service to residents. He also has board experience with the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Spokane Partnership, among other positions.
His words: “I think I have the experience to bring those rural departments together a little bit more. … I have significantly more experience with financial management than either of the other two candidates.”
Education: Kettle Falls High School class of 1984. Graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in finance.
Political experience: None.
Work experience: Has worked for the real estate company Kiemle Hagood since 1990 and is currently vice president and director of commercial real estate. He has volunteered with Fire District 10 since 2009 and been the captain of Station 3 for five years.
Family: Married to Brenda Hester. They have two sons.