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Tuesday, June 7

AWB to host lieutenant governor debate June 14

Seven candidates vying to replace long-time Lieutenant Gov. Brad Owen to take questions at association’s annual Spring Meeting in Spokane

OLYMPIA —A sold-out crowd will hear from at least seven candidates running for the lieutenant governor’s office in Spokane on June 14. The debate, co-hosted by Greater Spokane Incorporated, will take place at the Association of Washington Business’ annual Spring Meeting at The Historic Davenport Hotel.

All 11 candidates were invited; confirmed debate participants include:

  • Paul Addis, Libertarian Party
  • Javier Figueroa, Republican Party
  • Cyrus Habib, Democratic Party
  • Steve Hobbs, Democratic Party
  • Marty McClendon, Republican Party
  • Bill Penor, Republican Party
  • Phillip Yin, Republican Party

Doors open promptly at 2:20 p.m. and the 90-minute event begins at 2:45 p.m. The debate will be moderated by Jim Camden, Olympia bureau chief for The Spokesman-Review, and Gregg McConnell, president and publisher of the Tri-City Herald.

Media is invited to attend, but must RSVP to Jason Hagey, AWB vice president of communications, at 360.943.1600 or no later than Friday, June 10, due to space considerations.


Association of Washington Business and Greater Spokane Incorporated
2016 AWB Spring Meeting & Lieutenant Governor Debate
Tuesday, June 14
Lieutenant Governor Debate: 4:45 - 4:15 p.m.
The Historic Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom
10 South Post Street
Spokane , WA 99201

For the full agenda and to learn more click here and follow along on Twitter using hashtag #AWBSpring16.

About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes nearly 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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