About this race
Manages funds for the county and other local governmental subdivisions, including school districts and special purpose districts. The department also authorizes disbursements from the county and those local governments. The office has 24 employees. Term is four years. The incumbent, Rob Chase, fended off a Republican challenger in the primary, and faces Democrat Amy Biviano, a certified public accountant. Salary is $88,350 per year.
Treasurer, Spokane County
|Rob Chase (R)||82,522||56.35%|
|Amy Biviano (D)||63,933||43.65%|
* 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.
OLYMPIA – Rob Chase wouldn’t have been elected Spokane County treasurer under changes the Legislature is considering to the state’s write-in candidate laws. He got about 2 percent of the vote as a write-in against Skip Chilberg; a new proposal would raise the threshold to 5 percent.
In deciding the Spokane County treasurer’s race, voters first must determine the appropriate job description. In the primary, the two challengers criticized incumbent Rob Chase for being an activist. The job, they said, requires the training and acumen to review municipal finances and manage the county’s investments. Politics and policy should be left to others.
Four years ago, Rob Chase was a write-in candidate who finished second in the primary and then knocked off incumbent Spokane County Treasurer Skip Chilberg in the fall. Now, it’s Chase who is being pursued, and his challengers are both better qualified for the position. Oddly, treasurer is a partisan position, though all of the candidates agree it should not be treated that way.
Amy Biviano, whose unsuccessful attempt to unseat GOP state Rep. Matt Shea two years ago became one of the most watched races in the state, is back. The Spokane Valley accountant has filed paperwork signaling her intent to run for Spokane County treasurer. The incumbent,…