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We need Chase

In this election, it’s important to remember that there should be more substance to the next 2nd District county commissioner than another promise of “more jobs.” We have all had to squeeze more out of every dollar as costs rise; while income has leveled or even dropped for Spokane County. At this time, we need someone with a solid knowledge of the county’s budget and the backbone to make the hard decisions that Spokane County is already facing.

Rob Chase, as county treasurer, has worked hard to promote necessary, proper and open government in finances. His experience as treasurer has given him the in-depth knowledge of Spokane County’s budget, allowing him to spotlight areas of greatest concern for the citizens. This concern is very apparent as he is promoting legislation to eliminate major penalties and allow partial payments of the property tax. We need this man as our next county commissioner.

Phyllis Hess



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