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Spokane school board member accused of DUI won’t run for state office

July 13, 2017 Updated Thu., July 13, 2017 at 10:27 p.m.

Paul Schneider, 42, won’t challenge Republican incumbent state Sen. Michael Baumgartner in 2018. (Paige Skelton)
Paul Schneider, 42, won’t challenge Republican incumbent state Sen. Michael Baumgartner in 2018. (Paige Skelton)

The Spokane Public Schools board member who allegedly clipped a bicyclist and hit multiple other objects while driving drunk on June 21 will not run for state office.

“I am not intending to run for any elected position at this time,” said Paul Schneider, 42, in a text message.

Schneider filed to run as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Sen. Michael Baumgartner in early June. The 6th Legislative District election won’t occur until November 2018.

According to Public Disclosure Commission records, Schneider had yet to raise any money for the 2018 race.

The Spokane County Democrats haven’t endorsed anyone in the race because it is so far off, Chairman Andrew Biviano said.

Asked if he planned to remain on the school board, Schneider said he has “not had time to consider that.”

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