u 2010 Washington General Election

Bonnie Mager

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

Party: Democrat

Age: 63City: Spokane, WA

Education: Associate degree in fashion design, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, 1972.

Work experience: Neighborhood Alliance of Spokane County, co-founder and executive director, 2000 to 2006; Washington Environmental Council, Eastern Washington regional coordinator, 1994 to 2002; Citizens for Clean Air, executive director, 1990 to 1994; food broker, 1988 to 1990.

Political Experience: Spokane County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Spokane Regional Health District board, Spokane Transit Authority board.

Family: Married, three adult children.

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Competitors

Al French Republican

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

CandidateVotesPct
Al French (R) 82,364 50.77%
Bonnie Mager (D) 79,877 49.23%
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Clark: Bruised Bonnie bemoaning rough and tumble

Aw, Bonnie. Say it ain’t so. How disappointing to learn that former Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager has been spending her post-election days trying to wreck her laudable legacy. Read more

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

Former Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager Tuesday announced a Public Disclosure Commission complaint accusing her successor, Al French, of libel. Read more

Equipment, legalities create ballot-counting bottlenecks

Washington’s election system has many virtues, but speed isn’t one of them. Only 40.6 percent of last month’s Spokane County general election ballots were counted on election night. Read more

Commissioners maintain conservation priorities

Last-minute pleas to preserve land on Beacon Hill failed to persuade county commissioners to shuffle a priority list for Conservation Futures property acquisitions. Eight people urged the commissioners to give a higher priority to a package of 11 parcels on Beacon Hill, a popular hiking and mountain-biking site overlooking Hillyard. Read more

County budget to tap reserve

Next year’s Spokane County budget will dig deeper into county reserves, not taxpayers’ wallets. County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday not to impose legally permitted 1 percent increases in property tax levies for the general fund or the road fund. Read more

Mapping the 2010 Vote: County Commissioner

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County considers using reserves to save public safety jobs

Spokane County commissioners may dip into reserves to save jobs and offset some of the most painful cuts in their 2011 general fund budget. Commissioners Mark Richard and Bonnie Mager called for preserving safety-related programs by reducing reserves from 10 percent of the $136.8 million general fund to perhaps 8 percent. Read more

County recalculates building permits

Spokane County commissioners decided Tuesday evening to charge more for dog licenses and change the way building permit fees are calculated. No one objected. Almost no one was there. Read more

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

County raises fees, extends jail contract

A public relations contract to promote a Spokane County jail construction bond measure will be extended four months at a cost of $46,156. In other action Tuesday, county commissioners voted to increase golf fees and the charge for access to the county sewer system. 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

Voters vent frustrations with GOP gains in county, state

Democrat Chris Marr conceded defeat Wednesday night in the record-breaking million-dollar battle for a Spokane County state Senate seat. Marr made up some ground in the second day of ballot counting against Republican Michael Baumgartner, but he said it was too little to make a difference. Read more

E-mail, signs accuse Mager falsely

An anonymous e-mail that began circulating this week falsely accuses Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager of cheating on her taxes. Her election opponent, former Spokane City Councilman Al French, denied any knowledge of the e-mail Thursday afternoon. Read more

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

Youth forum evokes best in politicians

Seen the new attack ad on Chris Marr? I won’t repeat any of it, other than to note that it formally marked the moment when the local election season went from discouraging to scumbaggy. As it always does. This is the wearying season for people who follow politics. Things get stupider and meaner as they become more important. But on Thursday night – while Patty Murray and Dino Rossi slugged it out at KSPS – there was another event on the Spokane political calendar that offered a reminder of the other, sometimes invisible political world. Read more

Study finds room for urban growth

Spokane County’s urban growth areas have enough land to serve the metropolitan area for the next 20 years, according to a study that will be discussed tonight. Planning officials will conduct an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. as part of a lengthy process to make sure the growth areas are adequate. Read more

Spokane County Commission, Position 3

Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager and her re-election challenger, former Spokane City Councilman Al French, seem to have mixed up their political party playbooks. Read more

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

County commission objects to shoreline rules

A state rewrite of Spokane County’s shoreline regulations is a “prime example” of state agencies “out of control,” Commissioner Mark Richard said Tuesday. With Washington’s budget on life support, the Department of Ecology should focus on “core issues” instead of meddling in “local business,” Richard said. Read more