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6th District, House Pos. 1

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Mike Volz (R) 27,620 55%
Zack Zappone (D) 22,598 45%

* 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

Mike Volz

Party:
Republican
Age:
55
City:
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.

Zack Zappone

Party:
Democratic
Age:
30
City:
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.

Political experience: None

Work experience: Zappone was a middle school English and history teacher for three years at Park Middle School in Kennewick. He has been a substitute teacher in Spokane Public School for three years.

Family: Unmarried.

Campaign finance: Raised about $130,800, as of Sept. 29, 2020, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission. Of that $75,000 is from the House Democratic Campaign Committee. Other top contributors include the Washington Education Association Political Action Committee, the Spokane Firefighters Union PAC, the campaign fund for U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, the campaign fund for U.S. Rep. Denny Heck and the Washington Teamsters Legislative League.

Complete Coverage

Mike Volz eyes third term, Zack Zappone offers change in race for 6th District House seat

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.

Incumbent Graham, McGarry will square off in District 6

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.

House gives transportation budget strong support

A near unanimous House passed an update to the state’s transportation budget which would restart major projects without tax increases.