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James E. West

James E. WestAKA James Elton West

Born: 28-Mar-1951
Birthplace: Salem, OR
Died: 22-Jul-2006
Location of death: Seattle, WA
Cause of death: Complications of Surgery

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Former Mayor of Spokane

Military service: US Army (82nd Airborne, 1971-74)

Conservative Republican, supportive of the anti-gay agenda. To the great dismay of his constituent base, James E. West turns out to be homosexual. Several men (one of them Rob Galliher, another his brother Brett, and various others), in depositions, have claimed that West molested them while in Spokane's Boy Scout Troop 345, in the 1970s and early 1980s -- allegations that West denies. These incidents would have occurred while West was a sheriff's deputy, with his close friend and fellow deputy David Hahn, who later committed suicide in front of Galliher with a gunshot to the head. More recently, on, West solicited young men for sexual purposes (with some success), as well as to fill "internship" positions. After this information surfaced -- quite a bombshell in Spokane -- West responded with a public email, "Like King David in the Bible I will be a better mayor now. I will be more focused and more driven to see this city succeed in all areas. My faith in Jesus Christ and the Lord tell me this will be done."

Father: Jack West
Brother: John West
Sister: Kathy West
Wife: Ginger Marshall (m. 1990, div. 1995)

    High School: Lewis and Clark High School, Spokane, WA
    University: University of Nevada at Reno
    University: Law Enforcement Certificate, Johnston Technical Institute, North Carolina
    University: Spokane Community College (transferred)
    University: BA Criminal Justice, Gonzaga University (1978)

    Mayor of Spokane, WA (2003-2005)
    Washington State Senate (1986-2003)
    Washington State House of Representatives (1982-86)
    Boy Scouts of America Troop 345, Spokane, WA
    Rotary International
    Risk Factors: Colon Cancer

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