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Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Marcus Riccelli (D) 37,708 62.46%
Scotty Nicol (R) 22,665 37.54%

* 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

The Candidates

Marcus Riccelli

Spokane, Washington

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 three years and currently the part-time community relations manager for CHAS Health.

Political experience: First elected to his current position in 2012 and re-elected four times. Currently serves on the health care, transportation, rules and capital budget committees. Serves as the House Majority Whip for House Democrats.

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

Campaign finance: Raised nearly $198,000 as of Oct. 12, 2022, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission. Has received more than 100 contributions of $1,000 from unions, corporations, political action committees, tribes and others. Those contributors include, pharmaceutical firm Norvartis, pharmaceutical firm Pfizer, Anheuser Busch, Washington State Auto Dealer PAC, Kaiser Aluminum, Avista, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Washington Education Association PAC, Premera Blue Cross, Washington State Troopers PAC and State Employees International Union Local 925.


Scotty Nicol

Spokane, Washington

Education: Graduated from Northwest Christian High School in Spokane in 2010.

Political Experience: Worked on Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward's 2019 campaign, and continued to work for her after her inauguration in Jan. 2020 until Jan. 2022. Worked as City Councilwoman Karen Stratton's legislative assistant from Jan. 2022 in May 2022 to work on his own campaign.

Work Experience: Singer-songwriter who has released an album. Spent six months in Nashville and eight months in Austin playing music.

Family: Unmarried.

Campaign finance: Raised nearly $13,000 as of Oct. 12, 2022, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission. Contributors include the Washington State Republican Party; the Associated Builders and Contractors Political Action Committee; hotelier Kent Clausen; former Spokane City Councilman Bob Apple; Spokane County Commissioner candidate Kim Plese; state House candidate Suzanne Schmidt; developer David Black; Chud Wendle, executive director of the Hutton Settlement; William Bouten, CEO of Bouten Construction.

Complete Coverage

Proposal to expand free lunch to all public school students in Washington gains bipartisan support

The bill has bipartisan support, with legislators from both sides of the aisle appearing as sponsors on both the House and Senate version of the bill.

Who’s running for mayor of Spokane in 2023, and who won’t say either way

Though the official filing period is in May, speculation is swirling about who might challenge Mayor Nadine Woodward in the 2023 Spokane mayoral election. Here’s what the rumored candidates said (and didn’t say) about their plans. 

Scotty Nicol Faces Incumbent Marcus Riccelli in 3rd Legislative District Race

By the looks of August primary results, Democratic state Rep. Marcus Riccelli appears an easy bet to win a sixth term in the state House of Representatives.

Haven’t yet voted in the primary election? Here’s what’s at stake in Spokane County

For those who liking waiting to the last minute to cast their ballots, here’s a look at the candidate field. 

Spokane County filing week kicks of with three surprise candidates, but few bombshells

Airway Heights’ mayor from the late ‘90s, Karen Stratton’s former legislative assistant and a formerly incarcerated person of color were the only unexpected names to file to run for election in the August primary. 

Washington House approves bill expanding eligibility for free meals in schools

The proposal would require schools that meet a minimum percentage of low-income students to participate in the federal Community Eligibility Provision program.

Difference Makers: For No-Li Brewhouse owners John and Cindy Bryant, giving is ‘an honor’

A common theme emerges when talking with Spokane residents who have been beneficiaries of No-Li Brewhouse owners John and Cindy Bryant’s community efforts: The Bryants give selflessly, generously and extensively, casting as wide a net as possible in their philanthropy.

Spokane County commissioners extend deadline for Board of Health applicants

Anyone interested in sitting on the Spokane Regional Health District Board of Health can find an application form on the county website.