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Sunday, December 15, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Duane Sommers (R)

Resume: 63, moved to Spokane in 1977 from West Side … Picked to finish Rep. Todd Mielke’s 6th District term this year; served from 1987 to 1992, state House of Representatives; lost bid for U.S. Congress, 1992; former Republican Party county chairman … Retired after 25 years in governmental health agencies; then consulted with hospitals, nursing homes … Served two years, Army, Korea; retired after 26 years, Army Reserve … bachelor’s degree, microbiology, Washington State University; master’s, public health, University of Minnesota; some doctorate work, leadership and human development, through U.S. International University, San Diego … Married, four children.

Finances: Raised $18,993.45 as of Wednesday, including $1,000 from Metropolitan Mortgage and Securities Co. Inc., $550 each from Safeco, Washington State Dental PAC, Washington Restaurant Association PAC, Trucking Action Committee and Atlantic Richfield Co.

Why he’s running: “We need to reform government. It’s too large and too intrusive. It needs to be downsized, and I want to be part of the team that does that.”

Top priority: His bill to send about $300 million from the state real-estate excise tax to cities and counties for infrastructure improvements.

, DataTimes

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