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School Board, Position 3

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Rocky Treppiedi 15,448 50.44%
Jerrall J. Haynes (N) 15,178 49.56%

* 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

Rocky Treppiedi

Administrative law judge

His words: “This is a time where you need experienced folks at the table with the senior staff.”

His Pitch: Said he nearly didn’t run for school board this year but felt that after years of budget and program cutbacks the “Legislature is stepping up to the plate” and providing funding again. That’s an opportunity, he said, he didn’t want to miss. One of his primary concerns is improving communication between the board, district administrators, teachers, parents and students. One possible way of improving communication would be to change the role school counselors play. Instead of only handling discipline issues they could help relay policy changes to students and parents, he said.

Notable Experience: Appointed to the Spokane Public Schools board in 1996. He’s been an attorney in Spokane since 1979. Works as an administrative law judge for the state Office of Administrative Hearings. Served as an assistant city attorney for the City of Spokane for many years until he was forced to leave the position in 2012 by Mayor David Condon’s administration following his handling of the city’s defense against a lawsuit involving the death of Otto Zehm.

Education: Earned bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Earned law degree from Gonzaga Law School.

Jerrall J. Haynes

No party
Spokane, WA
Owner and operator of Legacy Training Systems gym, current member of Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors

His words: “My entire adult life, I've been serving the community of Spokane, and I love it. I have experience as an elected official, and doing the work of an elected official. It makes me a little more knowledgeable about the intricacies of these systems." 

His pitch: Haynes said his previous service as an elected official with Spokane Public Schools puts him in a unique position to understand issues of poverty, homelessness, education and community development. He'd push for more collaboration between the school district and the city following the "community school" model seen in larger metropolitan areas. Northeast Spokane should leverage its industrial and commercial opportunities for a bigger slice of the pie at City Hall, including infrastructure dollars and partnerships with schools for apprenticeship programs in the trades, he said. 

Work Experience: Finished service in the U.S. Air Force as a staff sergeant in 2018, after serving eight years. Previously coached freshman football at East Valley High School.

Political Experience: Elected to the Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors in 2015. Member of the political action committee of the Spokane branch of the NAACP.

Education: Received an associate's degree while in the U.S. Air Force. Graduated from Summerville High School in South Carolina in 2007.

Family: Single.

Neighborhood: East Central


Complete Coverage

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Editorial: Court fails to clarify charter school ruling

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Haynes defeats Treppiedi for Spokane School Board

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A Spokane woman is petitioning schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger to resign claiming she’s “consistently” failed to address discrimination issues within the school district.

Mapping the vote: Shifts in Spokane School Board race

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