u 2012 Washington Primary

Todd Mielke

A candidate for County Commissioner, Dist. 1, Spokane County in the 2012 Washington Primary

Party: Republican

Age: 51City: Nine Mile Falls, WA

Occupation: County commissioner

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Last updated: Aug. 10, 11 a.m. Election results

Todd Mielke (R) 19,436 57.60%
John Roskelley (D) 14,301 42.40%
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French, Mielke ask to reverse casino deal

Two Spokane County commissioners are asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs to overturn a 2010 contract that prevents the county from taking sides on the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino in Airway Heights. County Commissioners Al French and Todd Mielke voted on Oct. 24 to send the request to the BIA’s new top official, Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn. Read more

Judge, county argue pay

A Spokane County Superior Court judge believes she’s being treated unfairly by the county when it comes to cashing out unused vacation time, saying many of her colleagues were allowed to collect tens of thousands of dollars in such compensation while she’s being denied. Superior Court Judge Annette Plese sued the county over $15,800 worth of paid vacation hours she believes she’s due from 2009, when she ended her service as a Spokane County District Court judge and was elected to her current position on the Spokane County Superior Court bench. Read more

Debates will feature county commission candidates, Biviano

Candidates for Spokane County Commission will face off Wednesday evening in student-led debates hosted by the Central Valley High School’s Government Club. The club also has invited the candidates in the hotly-contest Spokane Valley race for state House between incumbent Republican Matt Shea and Democrat… Read more

Mielke puts self on shaky ethical ground

Does Todd Mielke understand conflict of interest? Does he understand and value the proposition that elected officials should operate on behalf of the public and not their personal interests? And, crucially, does he value the fact that in the realm of ethics, appearances matter nearly as much as actions? Read more

Focusing on the long term

Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke thrives in public life. He’s been both an elected official and private legislative lobbyist. Of the two, he said, he prefers holding office. Read more

Roskelley seeks county seat

John Roskelley – international mountaineer, author and environmentalist – wants to return to the job he held for nearly a decade as Spokane County Commissioner. Roskelley, a Democrat, held the District 1 seat from 1995 to 2004. Read more

Developer accused of fraud

Spokane County commissioners paid $685,000 in an out-of-court settlement two years ago to a prominent local business family, but some members of that family are alleging in a lawsuit that part of the claim may have involved fraud. The allegations against developer Harley Douglass were brought to the county’s attention nearly eight months ago by his brother, Lancze Douglass. Read more

Officials agree on criminal justice collaboration

Spokane city and county leaders today announced the latest step in a proposal to combine the region’s criminal justice system. Read more

County racetrack financials in question. Again

Spokane County Raceway has an oval track, on which people drive very fast in circles, record mileage and wind up where they started. Which seems a pretty apt metaphor for the raceway since the county bought the property in 2008. The original operator, Bucky Austin,… Read more

Democrat quotes Knezovich’s praise

Republican Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has given a boost to the campaign of a Democrat running for state Legislature in Spokane Valley, a move that highlights division in the Republican Party about incumbent state Rep. Matt Shea. Knezovich gave permission to Amy Biviano, who is challenging Shea’s re-election bid, to use a quote praising her position on domestic violence issues on her campaign material. He also agreed to be photographed shaking her hand in front of the Spokane County Courthouse. Read more

Judge declares Roskelley can run

Former Spokane County Commissioner John Roskelley on Thursday beat back a challenge to his candidacy to reclaim his old office. Visiting Superior Court Judge Allen C. Nielson ruled that Roskelley, a Democrat, is qualified to run in the District 1 commissioner race against incumbent Republican Todd Mielke. Read more

Roskelley will get his name on ballot

Spokane County Commission hopeful John Roskelley’s name will be on the ballot. A Republican-backed challenge of the Democrat’s voter registration was dismissed on Wednesday, clearing the way for Roskelley’s name to appear on the primary election ballot in the District 1 county commissioner race against Republican incumbent Todd Mielke. Read more

Roskelley challenge dismissed

A visiting county auditor dismissed the challenge to John Roskelley’s voter registration, and the Democratic challenger will appear on the ballot for the Spokane County commissioner in District 1. That will likely bring to an end the separate challenge in Spokane County Superior Court, which… Read more

Residency challenge set for hearing

A hearing is set for Wednesday on a lawsuit challenging the residency of Spokane County Commission candidate John Roskelley. Roskelley, a Democrat, is seeking to return to his old commission seat by defeating incumbent Republican Commissioner Todd Mielke in District 1. Read more

Elected leaders work to solve Geiger closure

Just days after announcing the expected closing of Geiger Corrections Center, city and county leaders issued a joint news release today vowing to work together to solve the expected impacts on the county’s jail system. Read more

Bill to ease county vacation of roads dies

A bill to change the way county governments can vacate roads has died after residents living in the Moran Prairie area objected to the measure. Controversy over the bill dates back to the Spokane County commissioners’ disputed vacation of Ben Burr Road at 57th Avenue to make room for a shopping center. Read more

Mielke testimony in Olympia favored land-use appeal fee

Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke testified earlier this month in favor of a bill that would charge a $400 fee to citizens who appeal local land-use decisions to the state’s Growth Management Hearings Board. Mielke, a Republican, said he isn’t necessarily in favor of the fee but wants to stop appeals by people who are not directly affected by land-use changes under the state’s Growth Management Act. Read more

County may add fairgrounds to PFD ballot

Spokane County Commissioners said Wednesday they might want a piece of the action when voters are asked for money to expand the existing Convention Center and add seats to the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Officials in charge of the two public facilities will ask voters April 17 to extend a pair of taxes used to pay for Spokane entertainment facilities. Read more

County districts nearly equal in population after latest adjustment

Starting this month, when residents of nine Spokane County precincts call their commissioner, they can call him Al. Not Todd or Mark. Read more

County commissioners urge Condon to consider Knezovich for police chief

Spokane County’s three Republican county commissioners are asking Mayor-elect David Condon to strongly consider Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s offer to be the city’s interim police chief. The three signed a letter to Condon’s transition team saying that with Chief Anne Kirkpatrick retiring, it makes sense to… Read more