|Mike Volz (R)
|Zack Zappone (D)
* 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
Education: Graduated from Ritzville High School in 1983. Graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in business with a dual concentration in accounting and finance. Graduated with a masters of business administration in 2005 from Gonzaga. Is a certified public accountant.
Political experience: Elected to the state House in 2016 and re-elected in 2018. Unsuccessfully ran for Spokane County auditor against Vicky Dalton in 2006.Work experience: Chief deputy county treasurer for the last 10 years. Previously worked four years as assistant director of finance at Spokane Transit Authority, seven years as senior finance manager and accountant at Spokane County Treasurer’s Office, one year as a financial analyst for Empire Health Services, two years as controller for small music company The Production Group, and three years as private security guard for Argos Systems. Served three years as military police officer in the Army in West Germany in the 1980s and at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Served in the National Guard after Army.
Family: Married to Diane Volz. Has three children
Campaign finance: Raised about $69,800, as of Sept. 29, 2020, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission. Top contributors include Avista Corp.; Kaiser Aluminum; Amazon; Washington State Trooper Political Action Committee; and the Build East Political Action Committee, the political arm of the Inland Northwest Association of General Contractors.
- Spokane, Washington
Education: Graduated from North Central High School in Spokane in 2009. Graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor's degree in American Studies with a minor in Spanish. Graduated with a master's degree in public affairs in 2019 from Princeton University. Earned teaching certificate from University of Washington.
Political experience: Ran as Democrat for state representative in 2020.
Work experience: Zappone was a middle school English and history teacher for three years at Park Middle School in Kennewick. Substitute teacher in Spokane Public Schools and Mead School District. Program manager for Better Health Together.
Campaign finance: Raised about $60,000 as of Oct. 1, including from the Spokane Regional Labor Council ($1,500, the Spokane Firefighters Union ($1,000), former Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart ($500) and the Washington State Democratic Party Central Committee ($747).
Flush with cash and confidence, Democrats again opened their wallets in an effort to flip Spokane County’s 6th Legislative District blue in 2020.
Incumbent Republican state Rep. Mike Volz’s lead widened again Thursday and now appears unlikely to be surmounted.
Incumbent State Rep. Jenny Graham appears poised for re-election in the 6th Legislative District with her lead widening as additional ballots were tallied on Wednesday, and her opponent issued a concession.
The races for two seats representing the 6th Legislative District in the House of Representatives remained too close to call on Tuesday night.
As candidates opportunities to meet voters shrunk over the pandemic, both debate venues and candidates themselves got creative to find ways to still connect with voters during the pandemic.
Democrat Zack Zappone believes the Republican-leaning 6th Legislative District is ready for a progressive newcomer, but incumbent Republican Mike Volz believes he’s earned a third term in the House of Representatives.
Democrat Tom McGarry appears poised to challenge incumbent Republican State Rep. Jenny Graham for a seat representing District 6 in the state House of Representatives.
A near unanimous House passed an update to the state’s transportation budget which would restart major projects without tax increases.