About Ben

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My story is all about family. 

I grew up in Spokane, attended Spokane Public Schools, and completed my undergraduate and post-graduate studies at Gonzaga University.  After spending time living in Oakland, CA and Madison, WI I returned to Spokane to be closer to my family. 

When I moved back home, I was working in the event ticketing industry.  I managed a three state region for TicketsWest, a job that took me to University towns like Pullman and Lewiston, affording me a better understanding of my home district.  From the moment I arrived back in Spokane, however, I started looking for ways to solve the many problems facing Spokane’s working families.  I had the opportunity to start Communities in Schools of Spokane County, where I worked in the nonprofit sector to provide resources for our kids in the form of school supplies, afterschool programs, counseling, and other support.  Once I discovered that there were structural bureaucratic problems standing in the way of our progress, I decided to run for President of the Spokane City Council.

As City Council President, I have fought hard for those less fortunate than me.  I have worked to protect our natural environment, to ensure that all workers are entitled to Safe and Sick Leave, and to defend the rights of our LGBT community.  I’m proud of the work I’ve done at the City, and I intend to run for Mayor in 2019 so that I can continue to work on behalf of the people of Spokane.

That’s why I’m running.