u 2011 Washington General Election

John Carroll

A candidate for Council Pos. 2, City of Spokane Valley in the 2011 Washington General Election

City: Spokane Valley, WA

Current chairman of the City of Spokane Valley Planning Commission, on which he has served since 2003. He is an Air Force veteran and has owned Servicemaster Cleaning Services in Spokane Valley since 1994. He favors setting up a economic development council of business owners, residents, council members, and representatives of groups like the Chamber of Commerce.


Last updated: Nov. 14, 4:59 p.m. Election results

Dean Grafos 11,870 56.83%
John Carroll 9,016 43.17%
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