Election 2018

Coverage of the 2018 Elections in Spokane, throughout the region, and across the country.  Support for SPR Election reporting is provided by Spokane Journal of BusinessExpress Employment Professionals, and SPR members.

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Spokane Assessor's Race Features Two Republicans

Sep 20, 2018
Leonard Christian

Spokane County voters will see a new leader in the county assessor’s office, come next year. The incumbent, Vicki Horton, is leaving at the end of her term. One of her lieutenants is vying to replace her, as is a local realtor who once filled in for a year as a legislator in Olympia. Both are Republicans.

David Green

When Spokane County voters cast their ballots in the next week-and-a-half, one of the down-ballot races will be for county treasurer. The incumbent, Rob Chase, is leaving to run for county commissioner. The race involves two candidates who have fundamental differences about the role of the treasurer.

Robbi Katherine Anthony

The way Spokane County voters get information about candidates for elected office is changing. A 2018 county commissioner candidate has created a new way for constituents to pose questions to candidates via their smartphones.

Robbi Anthony is an app developer by trade and a rookie politician running for Spokane County commissioner.

The fruit of both endeavors launched on the Google Play mobile app store earlier this month.

Emily's List Trains Female Candidates In North Idaho

Sep 18, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

This week, leaders of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians are holding their annual fall meeting at the Coeur d’Alene Casino and Hotel in Worley, Idaho. What’s different this year is that one of their own is fully immersed in a high-profile campaign for Idaho governor. Members of a national candidate recruiting organization are touting her campaign as one of the success stories in a big year for women running for office.

Coeur d’Alene tribal member — and Democratic candidate for governor — Paulette Jordan has been away from home a lot lately. She returned on Monday to greet friends and relatives who had come to Worley for a conference.

Spokane County Clerk Faces Challenge From Kirk

Sep 13, 2018
Michael Kirk

The Spokane County’s clerk’s office is the keeper of the papers related to the Superior Court system. The clerk is Tim Fitzgerald, a Republican who was appointed in 2014 after a long career in the Marine Corps. He was re-elected later that year.

Shelley Szambelan

One of the least visible races on the November ballot in Spokane County is for Superior Court judge. It includes an incumbent and an attorney who claims the late civil rights attorney Carl Maxey as a mentor.

Washington Secretary of State

In Washington, voters will choose legislators and county elected officials. There are no races for statewide office, but there are four initiatives. We’ve invited our Olympia correspondent, Austin Jenkins, to give us some general descriptions about Initiatives 1631, 1634, 1639 and 904.

Scott Maclay

Spokane County Sheriff’s candidate Scott Maclay — also known as Dump Ozzie Dot Com — was killed Monday in a motorcycle accident near St. Maries, Idaho.

A Benewah County sheriff’s statement says Maclay was driving along Highway 3 when his bike ran into gravel on the side of the road and slid. A man who was with him and witnessed the accident says Maclay was thrown from the machine and hit his head and shoulders on the roadway.

When officers arrived to investigate, they found bystanders performing CPR on Maclay, but they weren’t able to revive him.

Spokane County Certifies Primary Election

Aug 22, 2018
Spokane County Elections

Election officials have certified the August 7 primary election in Spokane County, formalizing the matchups for the November general election.

In the two weeks since the first results were released, two races flipped — both in the Sixth Legislative District. Both of those will feature rematches in November.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Republicans are gaining ground in many Spokane County and legislative races as ballots trickle in in the days after Tuesday’s primary election.

In most cases, those counts don’t change the outcomes. But in one case, the race for a Sixth District state Senate, Rep. Jeff Holy (R-Cheney) has assumed the lead over Democrat Jessa Lewis.