About this race
The county treasurer’s office, with seven employees, bills and collects property taxes for all taxing authorities in the county; serves as the county banker for deposits and investments; and serves as the public administrator to oversee assets of those who die without a will. Tom Malzahn, who was appointed treasurer in 2001 and elected to the post three times, did not seek re-election. Republican Steven Matheson and Democrat Janet Callen are vying to succeed him. Matheson said he would take a new approach to handling deposits and investments, saying the treasurer has not kept current with best practices. Callen said she does not see a need to shake up how things are done, preferring instead to invest county funds wisely and manage the office in an open and transparent way.
Treasurer, Kootenai County
|Steven Matheson (R)||24,365||67.50%|
|Janet Callen (D)||11,733||32.50%|
* 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.
Kootenai County is about to get a new treasurer – the first change in the leadership of that office since 2001. One candidate on the Nov. 3 general election ballot said he would take a new approach to handling deposits and investments, saying the treasurer has not kept current with best practices.