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John Roskelley

A candidate for County Commission, Dist. 1, Spokane County in the 2012 Washington General Election

Party: Democrat

Age: 70

City: Mead, WA

Occupation: Author and photographer

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ISSUES: He is a fiscal conservative who is skeptical about the need for increased taxes to pay for criminal justice. He said his election would break up a solid Republican commission and bring an independent voice to decision making. He opposes expanding the urban growth boundary and opposes an extension of sewer lines northward from Mead along U.S. Highway 2. He was against county purchase of land for a motor sports race track in Airway Heights. NOTABLE: Served six years on the state’s growth management board. At age 63, he’s still climbing mountains and paddling rivers and currently working on his fifth book, paddling the entire 1,245 miles of the Columbia River.

Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Todd Mielke (R) 114,181 54.46 %
John Roskelley (D) 95,482 45.54 %

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