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Fire District No. 5 pos. 1

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Isla Durheim 230 83.33%
Lee A. Walth 59 20.42%

* 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 #5 in 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

Isla Durheim

Nine Mile Falls, WA

Education: Graduated from Reardan High School in 1970, Attended classes at Punch Card Machine Training Service in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1970, the Computer Programming Center of Spokane in 1971 and Interface Computer School in 1995.

Work experience: Worked for Pack River Lumber and its successors for 28 years, leaving as a payroll supervisor. She then worked for Principal Financial Group as a retirement specialist for 15 years before retiring in 2010.

Political experience: She was appointed to the District 5 commission in 2012 and then elected to a six-year term.

Family: Married. Has five children and 10 grandchildren.

Lee A. Walth

Airway Heights, WA

His Words: “I’d like to help out my community. When you get older, you try to give something back.”

His Pitch: Lists his top priority as making sure firefighters have proper training and the equipment the need. Says he has a lot of life experience and understands finances and how to write grants from his long career in the utility industry.

Notable experience: Drives bus for Reardan-Edwall School District. Part of his duties during his 22-year career for Montana Power in Colstrip, Montana was as a firefighter. Worked for Avista Utilities as an energy broker for 14 years. Served in U.S. Air Force from 1972 to 1974, including 18 months in Vietnam.

Education: Graduated from Billings High School in Montana in 1972. Earned power plant technology degree from Miles City Community College in Montana.