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With 85 employees, the office oversees county elections, recorder and auditor, and is clerk of the district court and Board of Commissioners. Republican Jim Brannon was appointed to the position last December after the death of Clerk Cliff Hayes. Brannon said the elections division continues to improve in reporting election results, but added he won’t sacrifice accuracy for expediency. He said the clerk’s office has led efforts to better track and fulfill public records requests and to streamline the $79 million county budget process. Democrat Larry Belmont said it’s time to look at qualifications, and not political muscle, for local elected offices. He said he’d bring a proven style of management to the office, which he believes should be nonpartisan. He’s not raising or spending campaign money and says he’d serve only one term.

Clerk, Kootenai County

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Candidate Votes Pct
Jim Brannon (R) 24,470 67.79%
Larry Belmont (D) 11,627 32.21%

* 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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