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 64)
Fitzgerald, Georgia
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materDavidson College (BA)
Yale University (MA)
Gonzaga University (JD

Mary Verner (born August 13, 1956) is an American politician who served as the 43rd Mayor of Spokane, Washington from 2007 to 2011.

Early life and education[edit]

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 government program was instituted in the place of a previous council–manager government system.[citation needed]

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 in 2007. 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]

Verner was defeated for reelection in the 2011 Spokane mayoral election.


  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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