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Republicans Choose Former U.S. Attorney, Local GOP Leader To Join Redistricting Committee

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Spokane Republicans have chosen a former U.S. Attorney and GOP party leader to help redistrict Spokane County.

Senate Republicans chose Robin Ball, the owner of Sharp Shooters gun shop and the former chair of the Spokane County Republican Party. House Republicans chose Jim McDevitt, a former U.S. Attorney, as their representative in the county's redistricting.

Sen. Mike Padden, who represents Spokane Valley, confirmed the nominees Tuesday.

He praised their qualifications for the committee, saying they were knowledgeable about local politics and had a long history in the Spokane area.

Nominees will work to expand Spokane County from three to five county commissioner districts. The expansion is a requirement of a state law passed in 2018 and supported by most local legislators. It required the county to add two commissioners and change to district elections.

Ball and McDevitt will join two Democratic nominees on the committee, Natasha Hill, an attorney and civil rights advocate, and Brian McClatchy. McClatchy is also an attorney and the policy director for the Spokane City Council. Together they will appoint a fifth member of the committee.

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