City: Spokane Valley, WA
Why running: “I’ve lived in the Valley my whole life, and I feel the experiences I’ve had with the school district, managing multi-million dollar budgets, working with the county library district, which you’re looking at an area about a half-a-million population and also multi-billion dollar budgets” has prepared him, Hattenburg says.
Pitch: “I know I have the background to deal with people, sit down and resolve issues. I like to say I resolve issues before they become a problem, and I did that a lot when I was in education. I like to say I’m not going to kick the can down the road.”
Education: Graduated from Central Valley High School in 1971 and graduated from Washington State University in 1975 with a bachelor’s in education. Studied history working toward master’s at Eastern Washington, Whitworth and Gonzaga universities but did not complete master’s degree.
Political experience: Unsuccessfully ran against late Sen. Bob McCaslin in 2004 and Rep. Matt Shea in 2008. Spent a decade on the Spokane County Library Board of Trustees and served as chairman and vice chairman of the board. Has been a Democratic precinct officer since 1992.
Work experience: Was a history and geography teacher and the athletic director in the Central Valley School District for 20 years, before retiring in 1995. He also has invested in several properties and offered high-risk, short-term loans to people buying properties. He has worked as a historical researcher and authored a historical book with his wife about a couple that was murdered in Montana.
Family: Married. Has three children and three grandchildren.