About this race
The district includes Post Falls and the northwest corner of the county. Republican nominee David Stewart, who lives on Cougar Bay, was motivated to run for the seat to help protect private property rights from changes in the county’s land use code update. He said land use regulations must strike a balance between property rights and community interests. Democratic nominee Jerry Shriner, who lives on 60 acres on Rockford Bay, said the county still needs sound land use planning but that he, too, supports private property rights. Other issues include the county’s long-running effort to ease jail crowding; county employee pay and morale; and high employee turnover in the sheriff’s office and jail.
Commissioner, District 2, Kootenai County
|David Stewart (R)||24,052||66.52%|
|Jerry Shriner (D)||12,106||33.48%|
* 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.
A proposed overhaul of Kootenai County’s land development rules whipped up a storm of criticism last year and drove the three county commissioners to dump a Texas consultant hired to do the update. The controversy over the ill-fated Unified Land Use Code also motivated two small business owners – both champions of private property rights – to run for the county Board of Commissioners.