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East Valley School Board, district 4

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Fred Helms 1,889 51.90%
Emily Provencio 1,751 48.10%

* 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 Candidates

Fred Helms

Otis Orchards, WA

Education: Graduated from Rogers High School.

Political experience: Elected to the East Valley School Board in 2013

Work experience: Retired in 1999. Worked as an environmental lab technician at Kaiser Aluminum-Mead for over 20 years

Family: Married and has two children (both graduated from the East Valley School District). His one granddaughter currently attends East Valley High School

Emily Provencio


Education: Graduated from East Valley High School in 2017. Currently attending Eastern Washington University, studying sociology.

Political experience: Vice chairwoman of the 4th Legislative District for the Spokane County Democratic Party. President of the Young Democrats of Eastern Washington University

Work experience: Math tutor at Eastern Washington University

Family: Not married and has no children.

Complete Coverage

In two East Valley School Board races incumbents lead, but 18-year-old challenger is close

In East Valley School district’s two contested board races incumbents lead, however 18-year-old newcomer is within striking distance

East Valley School Board candidate supports laptop initiative that incumbent opposed

Of the several differences between the two candidates for the East Valley School Board, district 4, the most apparent is age. Incumbent school board member Fred Helms is 77 years old, but his challenger, Emily Provencio, is 18 years old.

4th District Democrats elect 17-year-old vice chair

Young Spokane Valley woman uses passion for Bernie Sanders to jump-start political career with 4th District Democrats