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Whitworth Water District, position 2

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Steve Irwin 3,450 64.09%
Dave (David) Tewel 1,933 35.91%

* 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

Steve Irwin


Political experience: None.

Education: Graduated from Valley High School in Las Vegas. Earned bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from California Polytechnic State University.

Work experience: Has worked for general contractor company MJ Takisaki for eight years. Worked for EBASCO Engineering and Constructors for 12 years. Served in Air Force for six years.

Family: Married to Stephanie Irwin. Has one daughter.

Dave (David) Tewel


Political experience: None.

Work experience: Worked 16 years for Winsted Control Room Consoles. Worked 20 years in computer industry for Unisys and Hewlett-Packard.

Education: Graduated from Middletown High School in Ohio. Earned bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Family: Married to Jan Tewel. Has two children and two grandchildren.

Complete Coverage

Whitworth Water commission candidates anticipate increased demand

Both candidates for a vacant Whitworth Water District Commission seat tout their backgrounds in construction and utilities as evidence they can serve a district entering a period of increased demand for coverage and new management. Dave Tewel, one of the candidates, said a big challenge the district faces is more requests for water from areas that are remote, but still within the district’s bounds. He said the necessary infrastructure for this expansion would drive rates up.