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Spokane County Fire District #9 position 3

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Judith Personett 1,816 38.52%
Jim Bennett 1,616 34.28%
John Bjork 1,282 27.20%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

About The Race

This is the only position in contention for Fire District #9 for the 2013 election. Commissioners receive $104.00 for each meeting attended. There are no healthcare benefits for this position. The term length is six years.

The Candidates

Judith Personett

Nine Mile Falls, WA

Personett was as a registered nurse for decades and worked at nine Veterans Administration hospitals and the Spokane County Jail before being appointed to the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. She served on the commission for nine years before retiring last year. She has lived in District 9 since 1981. She is unmarried and has three grown children. Personett said she wants to serve as a commissioner to ensure that the quality of care residents receive from paramedics is maintained.

Jim Bennett

Spokane, WA
Paramedict with American Medical Response

Bennett was a volunteer firefighter in Stevens County Fire Protection District 1 for a decade before serving as the districts chief medical officer. He was elected to the district's board of commissioners in 1999 and served through 2005. He has lived in the Five Mile area since 2006. He and his wife Lisa have been married for 10 years and have one daughter. Bennett said District 9 is a well run district and he wants to help maintain that.

John Bjork

Mead, WA

Bjork was appointed to his position as District 9 fire commissioner in October by the Spokane County Commissioners after his fellow commissioners couldn’t decide on who to appoint to the seat. He retired from the City of Spokane in 2000 as the Director of Water and Hydroelectric Services. He worked for the city more fore than 20 years. He has lived in the Mead area since 2001, prior to which he lived in the Spokane Valley area. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1967 and did tours in Korea in Germany. Bjork said he wants to serve on the board because of his desire for public service. He and his wife Christine have been married since 1967 and have two children.