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Spokane City Council District 2

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Jon Snyder 9,456 64.39%
John Ahern 5,229 35.61%

* 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

District 2 encompasses much of downtown, the South Hill and the newly added West Plains section of the city. Jon Snyder, the incumbent, is the founder and former publisher of Out There Monthly. John Ahern served in the state House for a decade before returning to Spokane to care for his ailing wife of 50 years. Pay for this seat is $30,000 per year with full benefits. It is a four-year term.

The Candidates

Jon Snyder

Party:
Age:
51
City:
Spokane, WA
Occupation:
City Council member and former owner of a monthly outdoor magazine

Career: City Council member and former publisher of the Go Green Directory and Out There Monthly magazine, which is focused on outdoor recreation. Founder and first board chairman of KYRS Thin Air Community Radio.

Education: Graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1987. Earned bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College in 1991.

Political experience: Won current Spokane City Council term in 2009. Serves on Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington board and Spokane Regional Health District board. Formerly served as Spokane Regional Transportation Council member and Spokane Transit Authority board.

Family: Married. Has two school-age children.

John Ahern

Party:
Age:
85
Occupation:
Business owner, former Washington Representative

His Words: “I’d be glad to give you a full blown interview after I win the election. Like a colleague of mine said to me in the House, he pulled me aside and said, ‘Ahern, what you don’t say can’t hurt you.’”

His Pitch: According to what Ahern has said at open forum during Spokane City Council meetings, under Stuckart the City Council has lunged to the left, making the city undesirable for businesses and unsafe for citizens. As the council’s leader, Ahern would outlaw marijuana and move to clamp down on immigrants who are in Spokane illegally.

Notable Experience: Former Republican legislator who served five terms in the House of Representatives between 2001 and 2012. Unsuccessfully challenged Councilman Jon Snyder in 2013, when he won 35 percent of the vote. Long-time owner of Janco products.

Education: Graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Earned bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Denver.

Neighborhood: Comstock

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Today’s fun video: Snyder says “Thanks”

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