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 in 1983. Graduated from Gonzaga University in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in accounting.
Political background: Appointed Spokane County commissioner, District 2 in 2017. Ran unsuccessfully for Spokane County treasurer in 2014. Former Republican Precinct Committee Officer.
Work experience: Spokane County commissioner. Certified Public Accountant since 1993. Served as Spokane County chief deputy auditor for 21/2 years. Was a Washington state auditor for 10 years. Was auditor in charge of Spokane County audit. Launched two 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.
Family: Married to Max Kuney. Has two children.
|Mary Kuney (R)||113,895||62.39 %|
|Rob Chase (R)||68,660||37.61 %|
Incumbent Republican Mary Kuney is likely to retain her seat on the Spokane County Board of Commissioners against challenger Rob Chase.
Avista Corp. gives a lot of money to local candidates. If it leans in any political direction, it is toward incumbency – toward those already in power. But Avista’s recent decision to spend $200,000 to signal-boost the candidacies of French and Kuney with TV ads is a dramatic, puzzling departure from business as usual.
Among the candidates running for Spokane County commissioner are a relatively new commissioner and an experienced one. Mary Kuney in District 2 and Al French in District 3 deserve election on Nov. 6. Generally speaking, District 2 is the southeastern part of the county and District 3 is the western part. District 1, the northeastern part of the county, is not up this year. Josh Kerns currently represents District 1.
Avista Corp. is spending heavily in the Spokane County commissioner races by dropping nearly $200,000 on re-election television advertisements for commissioners Mary Kuney and Al French. In Avista Corp.’s largest independent campaign expenditure to date, the company in August contributed more than $99,500 per commissioner in “independent expenditures” for television ads and production costs, according to Washington State Public Disclosure Commission filings.
The union representing Spokane County’s deputy prosecutors has launched a public pressure campaign in hopes of rebooting contract negotiations and obtaining wage increases. Mediated negotiations stalled in August when the union, Local 1553-PA, voted to reject the county’s “last, best and final offer,” which would have immediately raised wages for senior attorneys by 2.5 percent and wages for the two lower attorney classifications by 4.25 percent.
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.