Tue., April 21, 2020
|Andy Billig (D)||38,858||58.25%|
|Dave Lucas (R)||27,848||41.75%|
* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.
About The Race
- Spokane, Washington
- State representative
Education: Graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland in 1986. Earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Georgetown University in 1990.
Work experience: Former general manager and president of the Spokane Indians baseball team. Current co-owner and executive with the team.
Political experience: Elected state representative in the 3rd District in 2010. Served for two years before winning 3rd District senate seat in 2012. Re-elected in 2016. Currently serves as the Senate majority leader.
Family: Divorced. Has two children.
Campaign fundraising: $275,140 as of Sept. 2, according to the Public Disclosure Commission. Top donations include $2,000 each from MACPAC, Kaiser Aluminum, Centurylink, Avista Corp., Premera BFlue Cross, Microsoft, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the Washington State Troopers PAC.
- Spokane, Washington
Education: Graduated from Colfax High School in Colfax, California, in 1988. Earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of California-Davis followed by a master’s degree in military studies in 2004.
Work experience: Served nearly 22 years in the Marine Corps, retired as a lieutenant colonel. Served tours in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Western Pacific.
Political experience: Ran unsuccessfully for 3rd Legislative District House seat in 2018.
Family: Married to Laura Lucas. Has two children.
Campaign fundraising: $36,323 as of Sept. 2, according to the Public Disclosure Commission. Top donations include $5,000 from the Senate Republican Caucus, $2,000 from Susanne Roberts, $1,426 in in-kind donations from the Senate Republican Campaign Committee and $3,913 in cash and in-kind donations from himself.
Getting There: Billig vows to push transportation package as Washington struggles with decaying road infrastructure, pandemic slowdown
A report from a libertarian think tank placed Washington’s highway system at 45th in the country for cost-effectiveness and condition. All the more reason to invest now in road projects, said Sen. Andy Billig, which can also help stimulate the economy during the pandemic.
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Lucas said the district, which has historically voted blue, is in need of new leadership. Billig touted a record of assisting his constituency since joining the Legislature in 2010.
A recent campaign mailer from Dave Lucas, a Republican running against incumbent Spokane Sen. Andy Billig , falsely suggests that Billig supports teaching sex education to kindergartners, among other claims focused on legislation approved this year.
In their quest for police reform, elected officials in the city of Spokane may lean on their counterparts in the state Legislature for help.
The takeaway from “Little Blue Truck” is not lost on State Sen. Andy Billig (or his very helpful director who chose this book for his dad to read!) – as we all work through this difficult time together.
“Little Blue Truck” was written by Alice Shertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry (published HMH Books, 2008). Pick up this board book for your library from Auntie’s Bookstore!
Legislative leaders backed Gov. Jay Inslee’s “stay home” order Monday night, urging residents to increase efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across Washington.
With a day left before session ends, Washington legislators cut nearly $1 billion from proposed spending plan to prepare for possible downturn
Facing uncertainty over a possible economic downturn from the novel coronavirus outbreak and the need to fight the outbreak that has claimed more than two dozen lives, lawmakers said they significantly rewrote the budget plan they expect to pass quickly by Thursday evening.
The Senate called for another $1 billion in spending in the state’s primary budget Thursday, approving increases for homelessness, environment and health care costs.
The odds in favor of sports betting becoming legal at tribal casinos in Washington got substantially better Thursday evening as the House passed a proposal with overwhelming support.
Something that’s been legal in Idaho for nearly four decades might soon be legal in Washington. But only for bicyclists.
Some years, the Legislature faces huge issues, spends months in partisan wrangling and needs extra weeks or even months to complete some tasks. 2020 might not be one of them.
State agencies and lawmakers are looking for solutions to the loss of billions of dollars that would have come from Initiative 976.