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Roskelley edges McKenna among Bloomsday politicians

Among the elected leaders and politicians running for office, it should be no surprise that John Roskelley won the race.

Roskelley, a candidate for Spokane County Commission, had the best Bloomsday time among all elected Spokane and Spokane Valley city leaders; state House and state Senate candidates for districts within Spokane County; Spokane County commissioner candidates; and gubernatorial candidates.

Roskelley is, afterall, a world-renowned mountain climber.

Here is the list of local politicians (plus a governor hopeful) who completed Bloomsday:

  1. John Roskelley, D, candidate for Spokane County Commission, 0:59:00
  2. Rob McKenna, R, candidate for governor, 1:00:21
  3. Amber Waldref, Spokane city councilwoman, 1:07:52
  4. Marcus Riccelli, D, candidate for state House, 1:08:27
  5. Steve Salvatori, Spokane city councilman, 1:17:00
  6. Amy Biviano, D, candidate for state House, 1:17:16
  7. Dennis Dellwo, D, candidate for state House, 1:20:08
  8. Tom Towey, Spokane Valley mayor, 1:28:14
  9. Brenda Grassel, Spokane Valley city councilwoman, 2:13:47
  10. David Condon, Spokane mayor, 2:41:52
  11. Michael Baumgartner, R, state Senator and candidate for U.S. Senate, 2:47:31

Most local leaders opt not to participate in Bloomsday. Many wave from the sidelines when they’re on the ballot, (candidate for state Senate, state Rep. Andy Billig, did so this year with a megaphone), but that doesn’t really count as participating in Bloomsday.

Mayor David Condon announced his bid for mayor last year by participating in last year’s race wearing a ‘Condon for mayor’ shirt. His predecessor, Mary Verner, was an official participant only three of the four Bloomsdays during her term.

Of course, it’s not shocking to see that some political participants opt in only when they’re on the ballot or in office. Verner didn’t participate this year. Former Mayor Dennis Hession hasn’t run it since he left office in 2007. Condon didn’t participate in Bloomsday the decade before he decided to run for mayor. Roskelley hadn’t run the race since 2004, when he finished in an extremely impressive 0:49:06.

Here is the full list of candidates we checked for Bloomsday results. Participants names have stars by them with their finish times. DNP means “did not participate.”

Offices on the ballot in 2012:

Jay Inslee, D, DNP
* Rob McKenna, R, 1:00:21
U.S. Senate
* Michael Baumgartner, R, 2:47:31
Maria Cantwell, D, DNP
U.S. Congress
Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R, DNP
Rich Cowan, D, DNP
State Senate, district 3
Andy Billig, D, DNP
Nancy McLaughlin, R, DNP
State House, district 3, position 1
Tim Benn, R, DNP
* Marcus Riccelli, D, 1:08:27
Jon Snyder, D, DNP
John Waite, D, DNP
State House, district 3, position 2
Timm Ormsby, D, DNP
Dave White, R, DNP
State Senate, district 4
Mike Padden, R, DNP
State House, district 4, position 1
Larry Crouse, R, DNP
State House, district 4, position 2
* Amy Biviano, D, 1:17:16
Matt Shea, R, DNP
State House, district 6, position 1
Kevin Parker, R, DNP
Wayne Kyle Spitzer, D, DNP
State House, district 6, position 2
* Dennis Dellwo, D, 1:20:08
Jeff Holy, R, DNP
Larry Keller, R, DNP
Ben Oakley, R, DNP
State House, district 7, position 1
Shelly Short, R, DNP
State House, district 7, position 2
Joel Kretz, R, DNP
State Senate, district 9
Mark Schoesler, R, DNP
State House, district 9, position 1
Susan Fagan, R, DNP
State House, district 9, position 2
Joe Schmick, R, DNP
Spokane County Commission District 1
Todd Mielke, R, DNP
* John Roskelley, D, 0:59:00
Spokane County Commission District 2
Shelly O’Quinn, R, DNP

Offices not on the ballot in 2012:

Spokane Mayor
* David Condon, 2:41:52
Spokane City Council
Mike Allen, DNP
Mike Fagan, DNP
Nancy McLaughlin, DNP
* Steve Salvatori, 1:17:00
Jon Snyder, DNP
Ben Stuckart, DNP
* Amber Waldref, 1:07:52
Spokane Valley City Council
Dean Grafos, DNP
* Brenda Grassel, 2:13:47
Chuck Hafner, DNP
Gary Schimmels, DNP
* Tom Towey, 1:28:14
Ben Wick, DNP
Arne Woodward, DNP

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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