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Posts tagged: 2010 Spokane County assessor

Catch the candidates: GOP assessor race

Republicans of Spokane County are bringing the two GOP assessor candidates together for a question-and-answer session Monday evening in the Valley.

Incumbent Ralph Baker and challenger Vicki Horton will appear at the club’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Quality Inn, Mission and Argonne. The club uses the sessions to help it decide endorsements, but the forum is open to the public. 

Some readers might wonder why the groupe doesn’t have all the candidates in the primary there, considering the race also has two Democrats and two independents. Explanation is in the first name of the organization. If you want to see the field, check out the League of Women Voters forum, being replayed regularly on Cable Channel 5. Listings are inside the blog.

How McKenzie made the ballot for assessor

Gina McKenzie, an independent candidate for assessor, has a whole campaign season to prove to voters she can do the job of running the office that figures out what property is worth.

But she’s already proved adept at getting voters to sign a petition to get her on the ballot.

McKenzie was a late addition to the assessor’s race — so late, in fact, that she didn’t show up in the 5:30 p.m. Friday check of candidates the newspaper made to compile its list for Saturday morning’s paper. We figured we just missed a name on the list, but County Auditor Vicky Dalton explained it was because McKenzie’s petition of candidacy was still being processed at that point.

McKenzie, it turns out, filed for office as an indigent, which means she submitted signatures rather than a filing fee….

County assessor race loses conspiracy theorist

The race for county assessor has become less crowded, and perhaps, less interesting.

A real estate agent working for the city of Spokane and apocalyptic author who announced he would run for county assessor dropped out of the race earlier this month and never filed.

Terry L. Cook has written several books, including one that says President Obama “is an America-hating Muslim/Communist who’s actually a puppet-leader of the Council On Foreign Relations’ international New-World-Order globalists,” according to a Web site that sells his books.

County GOP backing Baker, White

The Spokanke County Republican Party endorsed Assessor Ralph Baker and legislative candidate Dave White over the weekend.

Ordinarily, one might think that the county party endorsing an elected GOP official, as Baker is, is something of a gimme. But not always this year. The County GOP is endorsing Dave Stevens over incumbent GOP Prosecutor Steve Tucker, for example.

For White the choice might have been pretty easy. He’s running in the open seat in the 3rd Legislative District, a district that is trends strongly Democratic and has three Democratic candidates.

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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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