Riley Smith

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 Kata Dean and Riley Smith

Kata Dean and Riley Smith are running for an open seat on the Spokane school board.

Dean is a life coach who has also worked with teenagers, some with drug addiction problems and some who were sexually abused. Smith works for a non-profit that works to distribute produce from regional farmers to food banks in the region.

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.

Spokane Public School Board Candidate: Riley Smith

Jul 26, 2021
Riley Smith

Two open Spokane Public School Board of Directors seats have attracted 13 candidates.

Nine of those candidates agreed to speak to Spokane Public Radio’s Rebecca White.

Riley Smith works at a food bank non-profit and is a North Central High School Alumni. He said he’s focusing on the growing mental health needs in public schools and the need for tech and trade school opportunities.

Interviews with other candidates are airing this week and on spokanepublicradio.org.