Melissa Bedford

Courtesy of Bedford and Geffken

Progressive candidates Melissa Bedford and Riley Smith appeared poised to claim seats on the Spokane school board, according to results released Tuesday night.

Bedford, an Eastern Washington University professor, led financial advisor Daryl Geffken 57% to 42%.. 

Courtesy of Melissa Bedford and Daryl Geffken

Melissa Bedford and Daryl Geffken are running for an open seat on the Spokane school board.

Bedford is an assistant professor of education at Eastern Washington University and a former public school teacher. Geffken is a financial planner who has a varied educational-based background.

Here are excerpts from our recent interviews with the candidates.

Rebecca White/SPR

Voters overwhelmingly backed an Eastern Washington University professor and a financial advisor for an open school board position, narrowing a crowded field. A stay at home mom and operations manager at a food bank pulled ahead in the race for the other open school board seat.