Spokane County Commissioners Choose Former Healthcare Executive To Chair County Redistricting

Apr 26, 2021

The Spokane County Courthouse. Spokane County Commissioners have chosen a fifth, non-voting member for the committee that will redraw the county's election lines.
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Spokane County Commissioners have chosen a former Healthcare executive as the final member of a committee that will redraw the county’s election lines.

Spokane County Commissioners Monday unanimously chose Elaine Couture. She retired from her position as Providence executive vice president and regional chief executive for Washington and Montana, earlier this year.

Spokane County Commissioner Mary Kuney, who nominated her, praised her business sense, leadership and community ties before the board voted.

“I’m very excited that Elaine is willing to step and take up this responsibility because it is a huge responsibility," she said.

The decision came to the commissioners after the four members of the redistricting committee couldn’t agree on their non-voting chair.

The committee is made up of two Democratic appointed community members and two Republican appointees. They will be tasked from taking the county from three commissioner districts, to five. They will hold public hearings, and votes on where the boundaries of each of these new districts should be drawn.