City: Spokane, WA
Education: Associate degree in fashion design, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, 1972.
Work experience: Neighborhood Alliance of Spokane County, co-founder and executive director, 2000 to 2006; Washington Environmental Council, Eastern Washington regional coordinator, 1994 to 2002; Citizens for Clean Air, executive director, 1990 to 1994; food broker, 1988 to 1990.
Political Experience: Spokane County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Spokane Regional Health District board, Spokane Transit Authority board.
Family: Married, three adult children.
|Al French (R)||82,364||50.77 %|
|Bonnie Mager (D)||79,877||49.23 %|
Democratic incumbent Bonnie Mager has drawn three strong Republican challengers in the primary contest for Spokane County commissioner. Party affiliation alone could grant her one of the two slots for the general election if her opponents divvy up GOP votes. But much of the job is nonpartisan, and the decision for voters ought to rest on who can be the most effective leader in highly challenging times. Mager is often at odds with the two other commissioners, Mark Richard and Todd Mielke. To her credit, she was a critic of the duo’s unfortunate deal to purchase Spokane Raceway Park, which the county ought to sell back into the private sector at the first opportune moment.