About this race
In the race for district 2 on the commission, Republican Shelly O’Quinn faces a challenge from Spokane attorney Andrew Biviano, a Democrat. The position represents the southeastern part of the county, including Spokane Valley and a corner of Spokane.
O’Quinn, elected to the commission in 2012, claims she has helped cut more than $1 million in annual spending by streamlining county functions. Biviano, a former federal prosecutor and mental health case manager, has made criminal justice reform a focus of his campaign.
In a recent debate, Biviano said the current commissioners have devoted too much of the county budget to top administrators. He noted the commissioners approved a large raise for the county CEO and created the position of chief operating officer; meanwhile, most county employees make significantly less than those in other counties. O’Quinn argued administrators are paid appropriately for their work.
Biviano also bemoaned a lack of “urgency” in the county’s efforts at criminal justice and mental health care reform. But O’Quinn said the county has made significant progress in those areas. Both said they would support housing projects for homeless people and low-income families.
County Commissioner, district 2, Spokane County
|Shelly O’Quinn (R)||123,721||62.10%|
|Andrew Biviano (D)||75,517||37.90%|
* 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.
O’Quinn is a strong defender of the collaboration between GSI, which represents business interests, and the county’s economic development efforts
The 40-year-old private practice attorney said the three-member commission needs a strong, progressive voice that has been absent for the past few years.
Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn said the county is saving between $1 million and $1.4 million annually as a result of lean management strategies implemented in the past few years at an address Friday in front of Greater Spokane Inc.