The Spokane Community Against Racism saw light in the darkness of summer 2020, where the nation witnessed demands for racial equity in the aftermath of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

Out of that, SCAR created its local Platform for Change initiative.

Filing week, the five-day window when politicians have to fill out paperwork to appear on the August primary ballot, got off to an unsurprising start Monday.

In Spokane County, nearly all of the candidates who filed already had announced their candidacies.

At the federal level, two Democrats filed to run against Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Ann Marie Danimus owns a Spokane Valley marketing firm, while Natasha Hill is a local attorney.

Natasha Hill, a Spokane attorney, has announced a Democratic bid for Congress against long-time Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Hill owns a law firm in Spokane where she practices civil and entertainment law. She has also been involved in civil rights protests and groups in the area, and was a member of the county’s redistricting committee.

She is endorsed by Spokane’s Democratic state legislators and Spokane City Councilwoman Betsy Wilkerson.

The two women vying to do what no Democrat has been able to in nine tries both say they will be better representatives for Eastern Washington than Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Ann Marie Danimus, 51, and Natasha Hill, 39, have both announced their intentions to run against the congresswoman, who has held her seat with comfortable electoral margins since 2004. Both candidates said they were running because they felt McMorris Rodgers, 52, has not been voting in the interests of her district, specifically mentioning her recent “no” vote on a $1 trillion transportation infrastructure bill as evidence of that trend.

Hill said she frequently experiences something similar as an attorney with people often assuming she is a paralegal rather than the attorney in charge of the case.

“I’ve gotten really short in my tolerance, I guess, for even wanting to have conversations with anybody who can’t get it in their mind that this can look like an attorney,” Hill said.

Sen. Andy Billig and Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli today announced their selections to the Spokane County redistricting commission.

Spokane attorney and community advocate Natasha Hill and Brian McClatchey, Director of Policy and Government Relations for the Spokane City Council, will represent the Democratic side of the redistricting process. 

After months of bartering and compromise, the bipartisan committee splitting Spokane County into five commissioner districts unanimously approved a final map Thursday.

“We ended up with a map that really is fair,” said Brian McClatchey, one of the two Democrat-appointed committee members. “I feel really good about that.”

SPOKANE, Wash. — An attorney and a marketing professional have announced their candidacies to represent Washington’s fifth Congressional district. 

Natasha Hill and Ann Marie Danimus, both democrats, are seeking to replace incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who has held the seat for 16 years. 

A November victory would keep Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Congress for a 20th year, but two Democrats positioning themselves separately within the party are vying for the likely spot to challenge the longtime congresswoman in the fall.

Natasha Hill, a 39-year-old local attorney and Hillyard native, and Ann Marie Danimus, a 51-year-old marketing professional with ties to the region’s rural reaches, have both filed as Democrats to unseat McMorris Rodgers, 53, who’s seeking a 10th term in Washington, D.C., representing the state’s 5th Congressional district.