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Mapping the vote: Spokane County assessor race

Challenger Vicki Horton is leading incumbent assessor Ralph Baker in many precincts throughout the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake, as well as much of the unincorporated area.

For this map, because both candidates are Republicans, we opted out of the standard red and blue format (we didn’t want to decide which Republican deserved the red shades.) Instead, we used green for Horton and brown/tan for Baker, with gray for precincts where they are currently tied.

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.

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.

Baker, the county assessor, will face Republican challenger from his office

Another Republican Spokane County officeholder will face a challenge within the party and within his office. But it appears this time the incumbent won’t discipline his challenger.

Vicki Horton, a residential appraiser in the county assessor’s office, filed paperwork this week with the state Public Disclosure Commission indicating that she will challenge her boss, Assessor Ralph Baker, in the August primary.

Last week, Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens, a Republican, announced he was challenging his boss, GOP Prosecutor Steve Tucker. Stevens criticized Tucker’s leadership and referred to Tucker as “an absent administrator.” Tucker placed Stevens on paid leave the next day.

Baker confirmed on Tuesday that he plans to run for reelection. When told by a reporter that Horton was running, Baker said: “That’s great.” He added that he was surprised she decided to pursue the office but that he had no reason to discipline her for running. Baker called Horton “a very good employee.”

Horton, who is the union shop steward for the office, said Baker is “a very nice person,” but added: “I have a few things I would like to see different.”

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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.

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