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Al French

A candidate for County Commissioner District 3, Spokane County in the 2010 Washington General Election

Party: Republican

Age: 67

City: Spokane, WA

Occupation: Spokane County commissioner

Education: Earned bachelor’s degree in architecture with a minor in business finance from the University of Idaho in 1977.

Political experience: Spokane County Commissioner since 2011. Currently sits on 40 boards, commissions, councils from the local to regional and state levels. Served on the Spokane City Council from 2002 to 2009. Recipient of “Outstanding Board Member of the Year” in 2008 from the American Public Transportation Association. Nevada-Lidgerwood Neighborhood Council president, 1995 to 2001; Northeast Community Center Association, board president; Spokane Transit Authority board chair.

Work experience: Architect, 1977 to present. Real estate broker and developer. Principal and owner of Al French Architects, PLLC. Licensed in Washington, Idaho and Montana. Former real estate agent and broker in Washington and Idaho. U.S. Marine veteran, 1969 to 1972, sergeant. 

Family: Wife Rosalie French. Has daughter and one grandson.

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Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Al French (R) 82,364 50.77 %
Bonnie Mager (D) 79,877 49.23 %

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Data from Spokane County Elections Office/Computer analysis by Spin Control


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