A candidate for Spokane County Commissioner, District 2, Spokane County in the 2022 Washington Primary Election, Aug. 2
City: Spokane, Washington
Education: Went to University High School. Graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor's degree in motion picture arts.
Political experience: Elected to the the Spokane City Council in 2019, and currently serves as the Spokane City Council president pro tem. Ran unsuccessfully for Spokane County commissioner in 2022. Serves as Spokane’s representative to the Regional Broadlinc Public Development Authority, chair of the Public Safety Committee, chair of the Northeast Public Development Authority, chair of the police and fire pension boards, vice-chair of the Finance Committee, and a current member of the Budget Committee, Spokane Police Advisory Committee and Traffic Calming Committee. Formerly served as vice chair of the Spokane City Council Public Infrastructure & Environment Committee, council liaison for the Spokane Park Board, council liaison for the city’s Employees Retirement System, volunteer for the Spokane Lunar New Year Celebration, chair of the Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council, member of the city’s In-Fill Housing Steering Committee and a member of the Mayor’s Quality and Affordable Housing Taskforce.
Work experience: Spent five years as executive director of Better Spokane, a pro-business organization. Worked as an aide for former 6th Legislative District Sen. Michael Baumgartner. Former government affairs director for the Spokane Home Builders Association.
Family: Married to Vina (Tran) Cathcart. Has a young son.
Political donations: Reported nearly $63,800 as of Oct. 3. Top donors include the Association of Builders and Contractors Political Action Committee, the Build East Political Action Commission, Spokane Realtors, the Spokane Homebuilders Association, manufacturing and engineering firm Pyrotek, and George, Jennifer, Theresa and Ryan Gee of the Gee Automotive Holdings company.
KSPS hosted this debate between former Spokane City Councilwoman Amber Waldref, a Democrat, and Spokane City Councilman Michael Cathcart, a Republican, for the county commission seat representing District 2. Spokesman-Review reporter Colin Tiernan and Spokane Public Radio reporter Rebecca White were panelists for the event.
A former city councilwoman and an incumbent city councilman both hope to represent east Spokane on the Spokane County Commission.
The council passed the illegal camping ordinance unanimously.
Spokane already has an illegal camping ordinance, but the city hasn’t been enforcing it due to a 2018 federal court ruling.
Spokane Councilman Cathcart pitches renewed ‘regional conversation’ about Camp Hope response amid concerns with Catholic Charities projects
Backlash against plans to transform a Sunset Highway hotel into emergency housing has a few Spokane City Council members interested in reopening talks about how to spend state funding on efforts to relocate people out of an east Spokane tent city.
For the first time in history, voters this year are electing five Spokane County commissioners instead of three.
For those who liking waiting to the last minute to cast their ballots, here’s a look at the candidate field.
Race for Spokane County Commission District 2 a battle between familiar faces. Here’s where they stand on crime, homelessness and more
Two former and one current Spokane City Council member are vying for Spokane County Commission District 2, which covers east Spokane.
A Spokane crosswalk could soon get a prismatic makeover.
Cathcart becomes the second candidate for the east Spokane commissioner district, joining Democrat and former Spokane City Councilwoman Amber Waldref.