A candidate for Spokane County Commissioner, District 2, Spokane County in the 2018 Washington General Election, Nov. 6
City: Spokane Valley, WA
Education: Graduated from Central Valley High School, 1983. Earned bachelor’s in accounting from Gonzaga University, 1987. Work experience: Certified public accountant, working as Washington state auditor, 1993-2004; Owner, Contineo Compliance PLLC, 2012-2013; Co-owner of Spokane-based Summit Tea Company, 2006-2008; Member of Hutton Settlement board of directors, 2009 to 2014. Political experience: Republican precinct committee officer, 2012. Appointed to City of Spokane Internal Audit Committee, 2004-2008.
The race for county commissioner between Rob Chase and Mary Kuney mirrors a split in the Spokane County Republican Party between more traditional Republicans who have lined up behind Kuney and those whose influence grew in the last decade with the rise of the tea party who have mostly backed Chase.
Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to block it. Washington regulators, however, said the laws Chase cites don’t apply to the sale.
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.
For the first time in 40 years, Republicans will run unopposed by Democrats for a seat on the Spokane County Board of Commissioners.
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.