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Zack Zappone

A candidate for Spokane City Council District 3 (Northwest), City of Spokane in the 2021 Washington General Election, Nov. 2

Age: 31

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. 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.

Family: Unmarried.

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). 

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Race Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Zack Zappone 10,494 50.63%
Mike Lish 10,232 49.37%

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