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Spin Control

2010 preview: GOP primary in the 6th?

We pause in the middle of this year's election season to bring you a preview of next year's.

There's could be an interesting Republican primary in Spokane's 6th Legislative District.

Former Rep. John Ahern has talked about wanting a rematch ever since he lost to Democratic challenger John Driscoll last November by 74 votes. He's even raised a little money, despite the fact that the election is out beyond most people's horizon, and picked up backing from some county GOP leaders.

But Wednesday, Shelly Maak O'Quinn, a fresh face in the Republican ranks, said she'd run for the seat also. 

O'Quinn, who has worked for the Inland Northwest Community Foundation, Habitat for Humanity Spokane Neighborhood Action Plan and the World Affairs Council, can count on support from at least one GOP "name."  She's the executive director for the Nethercutt Foundation, and has the support of her boss, former Rep. George Nethercutt.

This could get interesting.

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.