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Mon., July 6, 2009, 10:45 a.m.

Knezovich running for re-election

This will probably come as no huge surprised to anyone watching politics in Spokane, but Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is running for re-election.

Knezovich filed paperwork with the Public Disclosure Commission at the beginning of the year, but even incumbents who don't plan to run again do that to keep on the right side of the law for campaign finances.

On July 4th, however, Knezovich made the first public announcement of re-election, during the annual Independence Day celebration hosted by Tom Westbrook. It's an event that involves the full reading of the Declaration of Indepedence by some of the assembled guests, and Ozzie read a section.

Not the preamble with "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" but a hunk of the list of grievances against King George III for all the bad stuff the British were doing. But anyway, it was a chance to read the document.

Afterwards, people asked if he was running for re-election, and he said "Yes, I am." It was the first non-private acknowledgement, Knezovich said. It wasn't planned to coincide with the Fourth, he added, "it just kind of came up that way."

And thanks to regular reader John (Gus) Olsen, who was present at the party, for the tip.

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