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Al (Albert) Merkel

A candidate for Spokane Valley City Council Position 3, City of Spokane Valley in the 2023 Washington General Election, Nov. 7

Age: 38

City: Spokane Valley, WA

Education: Graduated from University High School in 2004. Graduated from Whitworth University in 2009 with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, political science and economics.

Political experience: Ran for Spokane Valley City Council in 2017 and 2019. Serves as a precinct committee officer for the Spokane County Republican Party. 

Work experience: Co-owns Dee's Dog Grooming with his wife. Works as an emergency substitute teacher for the Central Valley School District. Was chief executive officer of Sequoia Detox Centers. Has worked for several companies and agencies as a contract specialist, including the Centene Corporation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Chemonics International, Premier Management Corporation and Louis Burger. 

Family: Married to Stephanie Merkel. Has one child. 

Fundraising: Has raised a cumulative $4,379 as of Sept. 26. All but $100 of his funding comes from himself and his wife. 

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Race Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Al (Albert) Merkel 14,181 65.92%
Arne Woodard 7,333 34.08%

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