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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Commissioner Pos. 2

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Bonita M. Cobb 201 63.81%
Lee A. Walth 114 36.19%

* 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.

The Candidates

Bonita M. Cobb

Nine Mile Falls, Washington

Her words: “We need to educate the community of Spokane County Fire District 5, and we need to be honest and truthful to them.”

Her pitch: Cobb declined to answer questions for this article, including what her positions are about the needs of the district or why she resigned her chief’s position earlier this year.

Notable experience: Former fire chief of the district.

Education: Cobb declined to provide any background information.

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.