Press Release

Wednesday, March 28

Inslee, McKenna Agree to AWB Debate in Spokane

OLYMPIA— The two leading candidates in the race for Washington state governor have now both agreed to participate in the June 12 debate in Spokane hosted by the Association of Washington Business and Greater Spokane, Inc.

            Democratic Candidate Jay Inslee has officially agreed to the debate, confirming his attendance for the event at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane. Attorney General Rob McKenna has also confirmed his attendance for the event. This will be the sixth debate AWB has held between Washington state gubernatorial candidates since the first event in 1992, featuring Ken Eikenberry (R) and Mike Lowry (D).

            Northwest News Network Correspondent Austin Jenkins will moderate the debate, as well as the event’s second debate between attorney general candidates Reagan Dunn (R) and Bob Ferguson (D).

            “We are pleased that Candidate Inslee will participate in our debate and look forward to having a vigorous discussion of the key issues facing Washington state before a live audience,” said AWB President Don Brunell.    

            To learn more about AWB’s Spring Meeting June 12-13 in Spokane, visit

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 more than 7,800 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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