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Michael Cathcart

A candidate for Spokane City Council, northeast district, City of Spokane in the 2019 Washington General Election, Nov. 5

Party: No party

Age: 35

City: Spokane, WA

Occupation: Executive director of pro-business group Better Spokane

His words: "We need a broad base of ideas among our elected officials. I think the City Council could become an echo chamber, entirely. I don't think anyone would agree you make good policy in an echo chamber." 

His pitch: Cathcart has experience in Spokane City Hall in his role as executive director of Better Spokane and in advocating for development and planning policies on behalf of the Spokane Homebuilders. Spokane city government has become too cloistered and has not taken steps to address the mounting problems of homelessness and crime, Cathcart said. City officials should turn their attention more to what he terms the "forgotten district" in Spokane's northeast third, and would help solve the area's issues of crime and deteriorating infrastructure by boosting business recruitment efforts and changing the way some city funds are spent.

Work experience: Former government affairs director for the Spokane Homebuilders Association. Worked as legislative aide for state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, 2011-2012. 

Education: Received a bachelor's degree in media and theater arts from Montana State University in 2006. Graduated from University High School in 2003. 

Political experience: First run for public office. Served as chair and vice-chair of Emerson-Garfield neighborhood council. Ran campaigns against divisive Community Bill of Rights (Envision Spokane) in 2009 and the state Senate campaign for Baumgartner in 2010.

Family: Single

Neighborhood: Shiloh Hills

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Race Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Michael Cathcart (N) 6,444 53.54%
Tim Benn (N) 5,592 46.46%

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