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Spokane Valley Fire Department pos. 2

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Ron Schmidt 8,565 60.71%
Mike DeVleming 8,468 49.72%

* 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

The only contested position in the Spokane County Fire District 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

Ron Schmidt

Spokane Valley, WA

Education: Graduated from North Central High School in 1955. Received associate’s of arts degree from Spokane Falls Community College. Completed a five-year pipefitters apprenticeship and eventually attended Eastern Washington University where he obtained a teaching degree in industrial safety.

Political experience: Has served as a fire commissioner since 1990.

Work experience: Schmidt worked as a steam pipefitter for 21 years. After a workplace injury, he ran a program at the plumbers and pipefitters union, as well as other unions, to recruit women and minorities into trade careers. After about a year of working for unions, he was hired at Spokane Community College as the Dean of Trade Industry and Apprenticeships. He retired in the early 2000s.

Personal: Widowed. Was married to Sharran Lea Schmidt. Has six children and 10 grandchildren.

Mike DeVleming

Spokane Valley, WA
Customer Service Director at Vera Water and Power