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Friday, October 30, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Commissioner Pos. 3

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Michael Pearson 11,125 80.59%
Kristopher Pockell 2,679 19.41%

* 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

Michael Pearson

Party:
Age:
68
City:
Spokane Valley, WA
Occupation:
Retired superintendent of Central Valley School District

His words: “Financially, we’re in great shape. Not because of me, but because of past boards and current practices.” The department is debt free, but there are concerns about possible steep increases to Labor and Industry fees.

His pitch: He plans to keep working on improving the department’s Washington Survey and Rating Bureau score to lower homeowner insurance rates. “We have people working on that constantly.” He also wants to expand the department’s role in working with other agencies on community medicine. He said he has experience working with large budgets and high numbers of employees.

Notable experience: Has served as a Spokane Valley Fire Department Commissioner since 2013. He previously worked for the Central Valley School District for 30 years, beginning as a teacher and retiring as superintendent.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Washington University, master’s in education administration from Whitworth University, superintendent certificate from Washington State University.

Kristopher Pockell

Party:
Age:
32
City:
Spokane Valley, WA
Occupation:
Machinist

His words: Did not respond to requests for an interview.

His pitch: Did not respond to requests for an interview.

Notable experience: He is secretary of the Libertarian Party of Spokane County and director of region seven for the Libertarian Party of Washington State. He unsuccessfully applied for a vacant seat on the Spokane Valley City Council earlier this year. He works as a machinist for Romney Motion Inc.

Education: Graduated from Central Valley High School in 2006, currently attending Western Governor’s University.

 

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