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3rd District, House Pos. 1

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Marcus Riccelli (D) 21,707 59.77%
Laura Carder (R) 14,610 40.23%

* 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.

The Candidates

Marcus Riccelli

Party:
Democratic
Age:
42
City:
Spokane, Washington
Occupation:
State Representative

Education: Graduated from Mead High School in 1996. Earned a bachelor’s degree in business admission from Gonzaga University in 2000 and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington in 2007.

Work experience: Worked as Eastern Washington Director for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell from 2007 to 2010 and as senior policy adviser to state Sen. Lisa Brown from 2010 to 2012. Previously worked as an adjunct instructor at Eastern Washington University. Worked as project manager at CHAS Health for five year and currently is the community relationship manager for CHAS Health.

Political experience: First elected to his current position in 2012 and re-elected three times. Currently serves on the health care, transportation and capital budget committees.

Family: Married to wife Amanda Riccelli. Has two children.

Campaign fundraising: $119,515 as of Sept. 16, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission. Top donations include $2,000 each from Avista Corp., the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, the Washington Education Association Political Action Committee, Lyft and the Snohomish Indian Tribal Community.

 

Laura Carder

Party:
Republican
Age:
74
City:
Spokane, Washington

Education: Graduated from Yorktown High School in Virginia in 1965. Attended Radford Ladies school, then earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from San Francisco State in 1969.

Work experience. Worked as a computer programmer for McDonnell Douglas for 12 years, then held a series of temporary jobs. In recent years she has held seasonal jobs at the Spokane County Fair, the Orange County Fair and at Knotts Berry Farm.

Political experience: Served as a Republican Party precinct committee officer for several years. Ran unsuccessfully for Spokane School Board in 2009 and state representative in 2006, 2008 and 2016.

Family: Single

Campaign fundraising: Carder has chosen the mini reporting option, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, meaning she has pledged to raise and spend no more than $5,000.

Complete Coverage

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