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This race features a clash of two long-time political figures in Spokane County politics. Democrat John Roskelley is seeking to regain the seat he occupied for nine years from 1995 to 2004. Todd Mielke, a Republican successor, is seeking a third term.

Commissioners oversee county government, including budgets and employee contracts. They serve on countywide boards for transit, health, transportation, airport and clean air. In the primary election, only voters from within the commission district decide which candidates advance to the general election, Candidates advance through the primary election solely on the ballots cast by voters in their commission district, then Voters nominate candidates by district. Then, they run countywide in the general election. Salary: $100,942, including car and cellphone allowances.

County Commission, Dist. 1, Spokane County

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Candidate Votes Pct
Todd Mielke (R) 114,181 54.46%
John Roskelley (D) 95,482 45.54%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.


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