City: Spokane, Washington
Education: Graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1965, then earned a fire science degree from Spokane Community College.
Work experience: Worked briefly for Northern Pacific Railroad and as a carpenter before joining the Spokane Fire Department as a firefighter in 1970. Along the way he also owned several businesses, including a construction company, and worked for General Fire Equipment for several years. He retired from the city fire department as a fire marshal in 2003.
Political experience: First served as a Spokane County Fire District 8 commissioner from 2000-13 and was re-elected in 2017.
Family: Married to Denise Hesse. Has three children and two grandchildren.
Voters have a choice in November between two candidates for Spokane County Fire District 8 commissioner with multiple years of experience in the fire service, but in different ways.