u 2010 Washington General Election

Al French

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

Party: Republican

Age: 64City: Spokane, WA

Occupation: Spokane County commissioner


Education: Bachelor’s degree in architecture, minor in business finance, University of Idaho, 1977.

Work experience: Architect 1977 to present; real estate broker and developer; property manager 1986 to present; U.S. Marine veteran, 1969 to 1972, sergeant.

Political experience: Spokane County Commissioner, 2011 to present; Spokane City Council, 2002 through 2009; Nevada-Lidgerwood Neighborhood Council president, 1995 to 2001; Northeast Community Center Association, board president; Spokane Transit Authority board chair.

Family: Married, one adult daughter.

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Last updated: Nov. 12, 5:37 p.m. Election results

Al French (R) 82,364 50.77%
Bonnie Mager (D) 79,877 49.23%
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Next week’s regional Solid Waste Summit will occur with or without Spokane participation, County Commission Chairman Al French announced Friday. The two-day gathering of local government officials throughout the county is intended to outline a new framework for the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System, which is owned and controlled by the city of Spokane. Read more

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Mager accuses successor French of libel

Former Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager on Tuesday announced a Public Disclosure Commission complaint accusing her successor, Al French, of libel. With exhibits, Mager’s complaint is 107 pages long and covers many of the issues in her race against French. However, Mager’s cover letter focuses on a barrage of e-mails in the week before the Nov. 2 general election. Read more

Mager levels libel charge against French

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City, county plan waste summit

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Canine appeal dominates commissioner’s first meeting

New Spokane County Commissioner Al French was tested in doggy court Tuesday during his debut meeting. He cut to the chase in an appeal on behalf of Chaos and Henry, a pair of mastiff-St. Bernard mutts accused of mauling a moose. Read more

Equipment, legalities create ballot-counting bottlenecks

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Mager concedes race to French

Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager conceded defeat Wednesday in her bid for a second term. The election is to be certified Friday, and the latest results show challenger Al French with 50.8 percent of the vote to Mager’s 49.2 percent. Read more

Commissioner Mager concedes defeat

Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager conceded defeat Wednesday in her bid for a second term. The election is to be certified Friday, and the latest results show challenger Al French with 50.8 percent of the vote to Mager’s 49.2 percent. Read more

E-mail, signs accuse Mager falsely

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French, Mager issue accusations on ethics

County Commissioner Bonnie Mager and her general election challenger, former Spokane City Councilman Al French, peppered each other Tuesday with allegations of unethical conduct. As in a similar exchange earlier this month, French fired first and Mager blasted back. Read more

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Mager fires back at French

County Commissioner Bonnie Mager said Friday that her election challenger, Al French, was hypocritical when he accused her of wanting to make tax increases easier. “I think somebody who actually authored a new tax is a little out of line to try to throw mud at me for just wanting the county to have what he already enjoyed in the city,” Mager said. Read more

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French hangs on for general election

A final vote count in last month’s primary election, to be certified today, didn’t turn around any races or trigger an automatic recount. Republican county commissioner candidate Al French retained a narrow lead Tuesday over Republican Jeff Holy and will advance to the Nov. 2 general election. French will face incumbent Democrat Bonnie Mager. Read more

Mager runner-up vote count continues

The race for second place in last week’s primary for Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager’s position remained too close to call Monday. Jeff Holy shaved five votes off Al French’s lead for runner-up when 4,544 more ballots were counted. They were separated by 153 votes, 4,887 to 4,734, but more ballots are to be counted today and Wednesday. Read more