Christie Querna, a school volunteer and former teacher, chalked up a big lead Tuesday in her race for an open seat on the Spokane School Board.
Querna maintained a lead of more than 2-1 over her opponent, Assistant City Attorney Rocky Treppiedi, in the early vote count, and appeared headed for a win.
She would replace longtime board member Carol Wendle, who did not seek re-election.
In the other Spokane School Board spot on the ballot, incumbent Rob Fukai ran unopposed in his bid for re-election.
Querna campaigned as a candidate familiar with school issues who would be unafraid to ask tough questions.
“We have teachers who want to teach and a lot of students who want to learn,” she said. “We need to make sure there’s a learning environment that’s orderly and safe.”
Querna, 50, graduated from the University of Washington and taught high school English for a number of years. She came to Spokane 18 years ago and has served as a volunteer for the schools while raising three children.
Treppiedi has been an assistant city attorney since 1981. A native of New York, he and his wife, Maryann, have three children in Spokane schools. He said he believes the schools need to do a better job of challenging children.
Treppiedi said his small campaign budget prevented him from reaching voters through direct mail, something Querna was able to do.
“I’m pleased for the district because she’s a fine individual and will make a fine board member,” he said.