Billig Advances to General Election
For immediate release: August 17, 2010
Spokane, WA - Spokane Indians Baseball Team President Andy Billig won 29% of the Primary election vote this evening for 3rd District State Representative (Pos. 1), advancing to the General election race along with his Republican opponent, Dave White.
Seven months of intensive voter contact have catapulted Billig over his Democratic opponents who began the race with a name-recognition advantage.
"We've had an energetic, grassroots campaign from day one, and the Primary election results reflect that Spokane voters are ready for the energy and message of positive change we worked hard to communicate."
Billig is the Democratic Party's nominated candidate in this race. Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown (3rd District), the Washington State Labor Council and Spokane Mayor Mary Verner are on the extensive list of individuals and organizations endorsing Billig.
The Spokesman-Review editorial board endorsed him saying,"Billig has the leadership skills, business acumen and civic resumé to step in and make an impact."
"Andy has earned the confidence of people from every walk of life," said Sharon Smith, Washington State Democrats Vice Chair. "His experience, work ethic and values are a perfect fit to work side by side with the businesses and residents of the 3rd District".
Over the course of his campaign, Billig has personally knocked on over 8,000 doors. Volunteers have visited an additional 4,000 homes.
Moving forward, Billig will continue to employ the broad-based ground effort that earned him widespread support in the Primary.
"We are in a great position to win in November, and I am grateful for all the support of Spokane voters and the volunteers who have fueled our campaign," said Billig.
"This evening's results are a major step forward for our campaign, but it is certainly not the end."
Contact: Erika Prins, Friends of Andy Billig | 509.217.3709 | firstname.lastname@example.org
PO Box 145, Spokane, WA 99210
Billig elected Democratic nominee for 3rd District State Representative
For immediate release: May 12, 2010
Spokane, WA - Spokane Indians Baseball Club president Andy Billig was elected last night as the official Democratic nominee for State Representative from the 3rd Legislative District. The open seat is being vacated by incumbent Alex Wood. Billig won a convincing majority of the vote of the 3rd District Precinct Committee Officers.
"I am honored to receive the nomination," said Billig. "I will continue to work hard as a candidate and as a legislator to deliver results for the citizens of the 3rd District in keeping with our shared Democratic values and the priorities of families across Spokane."
The nomination caps a string of recent endorsements, including the two largest private-sector unions in the state: UFCW 21 and IAM 751, representing grocery workers and aerospace machinists, respectively.
Billig is endorsed by state and local leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner, Vice Chair of the Washington State Democrats Sharon Smith, State Senator Chris Marr and two former 3rd Legislative District Representatives, Jeff Gombosky and Denny Dellwo.
Other endorsers include Spokane City Council members Richard Rush, Jon Snyder and Amber Waldref, former Mayor of Spokane Sheri Barnard and former Spokane County Commissioner John Roskelley.
"Andy Billig is a perfect fit," said Sharon Smith, 3rd Legislative District resident and Vice Chair of the WA State Democratic Party. "He brings to the table valuable skills and experience, tremendous energy and immense knowledge of the district, and will work together with all people in our community to help overcome our challenges and enhance our assets. Andy's simply the right person at the right time."
Since declaring his candidacy last November, Billig has received donations from over 300 individual contributors. His campaign is fueled by the hard work of more than 140 dedicated volunteers.
Billig has been a business and community leader in Spokane for the past 18 years. Under his leadership, the Spokane Indians have earned a reputation for outstanding customer service, community involvement and business excellence.
In addition to leading the Indians baseball team, Billig is actively involved in the Spokane community, serving on the City of Spokane Human Services Advisory Board, the Citizen's Financial Advisory Committee to the Mayor and the Corporate Board of the YMCA of the Inland Northwest. He has served as a Big Brother and is a volunteer youth sports coach.
Billig attended Georgetown University where he graduated with a degree in government. He lives with his daughter Bella, a fourth grader in the Spokane Public Schools.
Billig's two Democratic opponents remain in the race. The "Top Two" primary election, which determines the two candidates for the general election regardless of party affiliation, is on August 17th. The general election is on November 2nd.
Erika Prins, Friends of Andy Billig | 509.217.3709 | email@example.com
PO Box 145, Spokane, WA 99210