Washington Attorney General Candidates Debate in Spokane

Jun 12, 2012

The two leading candidates for Washington State Attorney General sparred today in their first live debate of the election season.

Democrat Bob Ferguson and Republican Reagan Dunn squared off at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane.

In an occasionally testy hour-long exchange, the two men debated gun laws, funding for mental health services, and who is better qualified for the job of Attorney General. Here's Democrat Bob Ferguson.

Bob Ferguson: “My civil experience is much more substantial than my opponents. I practiced as a civil litigator at Preston Gates and Ellis. My opponent talks about his criminal prosecutor experience. That’s good experience, but good if you are running for Prosecuting Attorney.”

Jenkins: “Mr. Dunn, you have 15 seconds.”

Dunn: “I’ve worked in a very complex civil practice as well from 1997 until 2001, at a respected firm, Inslee, Best, Doezie, and Ryder. I have been before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, unlike my opponent. I have both criminal and civil experience which is something he doesn’t have.”

That was Republican Reagan Dunn responding to Democrat Bob Ferguson.

Both men are currently members of the King County Council.

They are vying to fill the position now held by Attorney General Rob McKenna, who is running for governor.

The debate was sponsored by the Association of Washington Business and it was moderated by Northwest Public Radio’s Austin Jenkins.