u 2013 Aug. 6 Primary

Spokane City Council dist. 3, City of Spokane

About this race

This is one of three council seats up for grabs in November. District three serves the northwest area of Spokane. Pay for this position is $30,000/year with full benefits. It is a four year term.

Last updated: Aug. 20, 1:21 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Candace Mumm 5,619 55.56%
Michael Cannon 2,780 27.49%
Curtis Fackler 1,086 10.74%
Kelly P. Cruz 628 6.21%

* 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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