A candidate for Spokane County Commissioner, District 3, Spokane County in the 2018 Washington General Election, Nov. 6
City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: Spokane County commissioner
AL FRENCH Education: Bachelor’s degree in architecture, minor in business finance, University of Idaho, 1977. Work experience: Architect 1977 to present; real estate broker and developer; property manager 1986 to present; U.S. Marine veteran, 1969 to 1972, sergeant. Political experience: Spokane County Commissioner, 2011 to present; Spokane City Council, 2002 through 2009; Nevada-Lidgerwood Neighborhood Council president, 1995 to 2001; Northeast Community Center Association, board president; Spokane Transit Authority board chair. Family: Married, one adult daughter.
The Spokane County commissioners will host a series of community meetings to inform the public and gather input as they craft the county’s budget for 2019.
Democrats fared well in Spokane County races Tuesday, but can that momentum last in the general election?
Beyond the Amazon fulfillment center’s 1,500-plus jobs, local officials see the company’s presence here as an opportunity to raise Spokane’s profile as a place to do business.
As Washington moves forward on a new law to expand Spokane County’s board of commissioners from three members to five, the county is pushing back, with a lawsuit planned to block the expansion.
Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said he’s joined the agency overseeing the region’s air pollution in direct response to new regulations and fees for marijuana business owners. Spokane County Commissioner Al French said the board’s actions aren’t partisan or designed to destroy the nascent industry.
The bill would take effect in 2022 and would add two members to the Spokane County Commission. It’s received bipartisan support in Olympia and the city of Spokane, but current county commissioners argue voters already nixed expansion in a decisive vote at the ballot box more than two years ago.
Dozens of marijuana farmers in Spokane County will have to pay fees ranging from $500 to $2,000 this year to cover the expenses of enforcing state laws governing nuisance smells. Several small farmers call the fees unfair, and say they could drive members of a fledgling industry out of business amid a potential further crackdown at the federal level.
Some agencies and departments that receive funding from Spokane County avoided steep cuts in 2018. The Spokane County Regional Health District isn’t one of them.
Commissioners Al French and Mary Kuney voted in favor of the spending plan, which will use money set aside from the road construction budget to cover day-to-day expenses next year for the first time. Commissioner Josh Kerns voted against, saying the county should have taken a deeper look at where it could cut funding.