Mary Verner

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Mary Verner
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43rd Mayor of Spokane, Washington
In office
Preceded byDennis Hession
Succeeded byDavid Condon
Personal details
Born (1956-08-13) August 13, 1956 (age 63)
Fitzgerald, Georgia
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materDavidson College (B.A.)
Yale University (M.A.)
Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D.)
ProfessionPublic Service

Mary Verner (born August 13, 1956) is the former mayor of Spokane, Washington.


Originally from Fitzgerald, Georgia, Verner received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Davidson College, earned her Master of Arts degree in environmental management from Yale University, and a law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law. She has served as Executive Director of the Upper Columbia United Tribes.[1] She was the third woman to become mayor of Spokane and the first woman since a Mayor-Council program was instituted in the place of a previous Council-Manager system.[citation needed]

City service[edit]

Verner served on the City Council for four years before becoming mayor. Originally appointed to the council, Verner was subsequently elected to the position from which she ran for Mayor against an incumbent, Dennis Hession. Verner won with 53% of the vote, becoming Spokane's 43rd mayor on November 27, 2007. She was the city's fifth mayor in eight years.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. September 6, 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2013.

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