Dave Wilson, Candidate for the 6th LD Representative, Position 2



DAVE WILSON CONSULTING, LLC                                                                                     2012 – PRESENT Self-employed consultant to educational institutions and small businesses

INTERFACE COLLEGE, Spokane, WA                                                                                       1982 – 2011

President and Founder


Master of Arts in Education (M.A.) – Curriculum and Administration, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

Bachelor of Arts (B.A). – Communications, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa

Professional and Community Activities


Volunteer (1988-current), served as team member of on-site accreditation teams visiting member schools and colleges.

Commissioner (2005-2014) o   Vice Chair (2007-2009) o   Chair (2009-2012)


Board member (1985-1992, 1997-2000, 2002-2006)

President (1998-1999)

Vice President (2003-2004)


Board member (1985-1998, 2006-2008)

Chair (1992-1994, 1997-1998, 2007)


Member (1983-2012)

Chair K-12 education committee (1988-1990)


Coach youth basketball (1993-2005)

Coach youth baseball (1993-1996)


Spokane County Democrats 2018 Partisan Certification /Endorsement Questionnaire

Name:   Dave Wilson                 Position Sought: State Representative

Campaign Address:      P.O. Box – TBD          Campaign Manager:  TBD Campaign Phone: TBD

Candidate Phone:  509-990-1420          Cell:                          Fax: E-Mail:  DaveWilson.55@gmail.com        Web Page: Pending

  1. Why are you a Democrat? Are you known as a Democrat? If not, explain.

I grew up in a two-party family. My grandmother, her brother and brother-in-law were UAW members and were all strong Democrats. My father was a Republican and liked to argue with his mom and uncles. Growing up, I learned to listen to both sides of issues. So, for the first half of my voting life I considered myself an Independent and tended to vote for the person, not the party.

The turning point for me was the presidency of George W. Bush, who I believe is one of the worst presidents in American history. These feelings have only intensified with the advent of the Tea Party, Fox News, and the crazy far right. Since 2003, I have considered myself a Democrat, and voted for John Kerry, Obama twice, and Hillary in 2016. I voted for Tom Foley every time except the first time I voted in Spokane (1980).

I ran for Congress twice as an Independent candidate because I did not think a Democrat could defeat Rep. McMorris Rogers in 2014 or 2016. I will support Lisa Brown in 2018 and think she can win.

My family and close friends know I am a Democrat.

  1. How long have you been registered to vote? Have you missed any elections in the past three years?

I have been registered to vote since 1976. I have only missed voting in one election the past three years – I believe it was a Fire District bond a couple of years ago – I simply lost track of the date and forgot.

  1. Do you support the Spokane County Democratic Platform, Why or Why Not?  (see https://spokanedemocrats.org)

Yes, I do support it. The primary reason I support the platform is because they reflect my values as a person. I believe that the party is interested in helping people and in effective government. Conversely, the Republican party has shown that it does not see helping most people as the role of government; and have done their best to weaken government and make it dysfunctional – this is unconscionable.

  1. What ratings or endorsements have you received to date?

From the following Democratic office holders: Andy Billig, Marcus Riccelli, Ben Stuckart, Candace Mumm, and Breean Beggs.

  1. Do you support the right of workers (excluding military) to bargain and strike?

Yes. I worked at an International Harvester factory as a laborer full-time for three years while I was in college, and saw the benefits and security of being a UAW member. I also served as a union steward for about a year.

  1. Do you support affirmative action?


  1. What role should government play in the healthcare system?

I believe in universal health care for all as a right, and we should work toward that goal.

  1. Do you support a woman’s right to choose?

Yes. In addition, my daughter-in-law, Kate McMullen, works for Planned Parenthood in Seattle.

  1. What is the main message of your campaign?

I will be a tireless advocate for children, working families and small businesses. I will promote and support education, healthcare, and economic development projects throughout the 6th District.

  1. What are the 3 most pressing issues facing your jurisdiction?

Healthcare, lack of affordable postsecondary options – including college, apprenticeships, or vocational training, and lack of pre-K education.

  1. List the contributions you have made to the Inland Northwest of which you are most proud.

I started and ran a vocational school for 30 years, Interface Computer School (later Interface College) and helped thousands of students get good jobs.

I was an active member of several education committees in the 1980s and early 1990s, that did a lot of good work in the Spokane area.

I coached youth sports for 13 years from 1993-2005, and was a positive role model for the boys and girls who played on my teams.

I served on several professional boards an made many contributions to these state and national organizations (see resume).

  1. Regardless of the race outcome, will you remain involved in your local Democratic Party?
  1. If you are a candidate in a contested primary race, and if you do not receive the nomination, is there any reason why you will not support your Democratic opponent in the General Election?

Yes, if they tell too many blatant lies about me. In this case I would not support them, but I also would not support their opponent or say anything bad about them.

  1. Is there anything in your past that if promoted by the media or an opposing party would prove particularly embarrassing to you or the Democratic Party?


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Yes, if the party wants me to do this I will. I’ve run for office twice before and assume anything would have come out by now.

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  1. Have you ever been convicted of a crime? “If so please explain “