|Shelly O’Quinn (R)||123,721||62.10%|
|Andrew Biviano (D)||75,517||37.90%|
* 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
In the race for district 2 on the commission, Republican Shelly O’Quinn faces a challenge from Spokane attorney Andrew Biviano, a Democrat. The position represents the southeastern part of the county, including Spokane Valley and a corner of Spokane.
O’Quinn, elected to the commission in 2012, claims she has helped cut more than $1 million in annual spending by streamlining county functions. Biviano, a former federal prosecutor and mental health case manager, has made criminal justice reform a focus of his campaign.
In a recent debate, Biviano said the current commissioners have devoted too much of the county budget to top administrators. He noted the commissioners approved a large raise for the county CEO and created the position of chief operating officer; meanwhile, most county employees make significantly less than those in other counties. O’Quinn argued administrators are paid appropriately for their work.
Biviano also bemoaned a lack of “urgency” in the county’s efforts at criminal justice and mental health care reform. But O’Quinn said the county has made significant progress in those areas. Both said they would support housing projects for homeless people and low-income families.
- Spokane, WA
Education: Graduated from Central Valley High School. Earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Whitworth University and a master’s in business administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.
Political experience: Elected to the Spokane County Commission in 2012. Ran unsuccessfully for state House of Representatives in 2010.
Work experience: Worked for Greater Spokane Inc., Habitat for Humanity and the Inland Northwest Community Foundation in Spokane. Led the George Nethercutt Foundation as executive director. Worked with World Vision developing small businesses in Honduras. Directed a mission for First United Methodist Church in Stuart, Florida.
Family: Divorced. Has two children.
- Spokane Valley, WA
Education: Graduated from St. George’s School in Spokane. Earned a bachelor’s degree in clinical child psychology from Yale University and a law degree from Gonzaga University.
Political experience: Never held elected office.
Work experience: Works as a plaintiff’s attorney for Paukert & Troppmann in Spokane. Previously worked as a mental -health counselor, case manager and court-appointed special advocate. Worked with mentally ill patients at Frontier Behavioral Health. Spent four years as a federal prosecutor in Spokane.
Family: Married. Has two children.
Spokane County Republican chair calls on Democrats to denounce booing of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
The Spokane County Republican Party chair is calling on her Democratic counterpart to denounce the booing and chanting that drowned out part of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ speech at Spokane’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Rally.
A Democrat on the Spokane County Commission? Probably not. Incumbent Republican Shelly O’Quinn easily won re-election Tuesday and Republican Josh Kerns had a strong lead for the other open seat.
In the race between Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn and challenger Andrew Biviano, voters will choose between a business-oriented Republican and a Democratic attorney pushing for criminal justice reform.
Spokane Valley City Councilman Ed Pace, a self-proclaimed libertarian, constitutionalist and tea party Republican, said Democrat Andrew Biviano is exceedingly qualified for the commission job and “has a heart for justice.”
O’Quinn is a strong defender of the collaboration between GSI, which represents business interests, and the county’s economic development efforts
In one of their first debates Monday, Shelly O’Quinn sought to defend her record on the Spokane County Commission while challenger Andrew Biviano criticized a lack of “urgency” in the county’s efforts at criminal justice reform.
A crackdown on patients leaving the grounds of state mental hospitals put in place after the high-profile escape from an outing to the Spokane County Fair in 2009 will be largely reversed, thanks to a settlement reached earlier this month with patients who contended the rules violated their civil rights. Six patients and Disability Rights Washington, an advocacy group, sued the state in 2014 alleging restrictions on access to hospital grounds and outside trips implemented after patient Phillip Paul walked away from his field trip group in 2009 violated patients’ constitutional rights.
The 40-year-old private practice attorney said the three-member commission needs a strong, progressive voice that has been absent for the past few years.
Avista has asked state regulators to approve a two-year pilot program that would greatly expand the use of electric vehicles in Eastern Washington, installing 265 charging stations in homes, workplaces and public locations.