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Latah Town Council pos. 1

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Patricia Neumann 28 59.57%
Melanie Meagher 23 45.10%

* 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 one of three elections in contention for the Latah Town Council. The salary for this position is $35/meeting with no benefits provided. It is a 4-year term.

The Candidates

Patricia Neumann

Latah, WA

Neumann, 60, was appointed to her seat on the council last year. She previously served on the council for seven years beginning in 2000. She retired from the Central Valley School District as a paraeducator and has lived in Latah for 20 years. Her goal is to make Latah more community oriented by having monthly activities where people can get to know each other.

Melanie Meagher

Latah, WA

Meagher is the incumbent for Position 4 in Latah but filed for Position 1 instead.

Complete Coverage

Patricia Neumann wins Latah Town Council election on tiebreaker

Sitting on a courthouse bench with a friend Friday afternoon before her political fate was decided by two balls the size of marbles, Latah Town Councilwoman Patricia Neumann said she wasn’t nervous. Neumann’s bid to retain her seat on the Town Council in last month’s election ended in a 41-41 tie, with one Latah voter opting not to make a choice in the contest. The count didn’t budge after a recount. Under state law, the county auditor must pick a game of chance to pick a winner.

John Ahern seeks futile recount in Spokane City Council race

A Spokane City Council candidate who lost big in his attempt to unseat incumbent Jon Snyder mistakenly believes he still may have a shot at winning. John Ahern, a former Republican state representative defeated by a nearly 2-to-1 margin in the council race, is paying for a partial recount. But the request targets only about 1,600 ballots – too few to even potentially overcome Snyder’s nearly 5,700-vote margin – and it’s too late under state election laws to broaden it.