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Spokane County Assessor

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Tom Konis (R) 89,163 50.04%
Leonard Christian (R) 89,011 49.96%

* 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

Tom Konis

Party:
Republican
City:
Mead, WA

Education: Graduated from Cheney High School in 1975.

Political background: First run for office.

Work experience: Commercial and industrial appraiser for Spokane County. Has been employed at the Spokane County assessor’s office for nearly 25 years as an accredited residential and commercial appraiser. Spent five years as a Realtor for Tomlinson Black.

Family: Married. Has four daughters and nine grandchildren.

Leonard Christian

Party:
Republican
Age:
55
City:
Spokane Valley, Washington

Education: Graduated from Ferris High School in 1984. Christian completed an associate's degree's from the College of the Air Force just before retiring from the military and went on to complete a degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Graduated with a master's of business from Webster University.

Work Experience: Has worked as a real estate agent for Live Real Estate since 2014. Previously was a real estate agent for Windermere Real Estate and before that worked for Thomas and Black Real Estate. Christian was in the Air Force from 1984 to 2005, working many jobs, including aircraft mechanic and security specialist. He retired with the rank of master sergeant.

Political Experience: Appointed to a seat in the Washington State Legislature in 2014 to fill the remainder of Larry Crouse's term. He lost primary election against Bob McCaslin Jr. to keep the seat in August 2014. Lost close election for Spokane County auditor in 2018. Is a founding member of Republicans of Spokane County and served as vice chairman and chairman of the organization.

Family: Married and has two children.

Pitch: "I'm the only one with experience that has the ability to work across the aisle with both parties, and I'm focused on issues for the 4th, not worldwide issues. … I've got a very conservative voting record, and I'm the only one with a conservative voting record because I'm the only one that has been there."

Complete Coverage

Konis set to become new Spokane County assessor

Tom Konis will become the next Spokane County assessor following a machine recount of votes that concluded last Friday.

Tom Konis overcomes 1,100-vote deficit to take lead in Spokane County assessor’s race

Tom Konis narrowly tops Spokane County assessor race, with a margin so thin it will require a recount.

Graham maintains lead in close state House race; general obligation bond still on-track to pass; other updates

Jenny Graham remains ahead of Dave Wilson for a 6th District legislative seat.

Christian leading Konis in Spokane County assessor race

Leonard Christian takes slight lead over Tom Konis in the race for Spokane County Assessor

Open Spokane County assessor seat draws two Republican candidates

Two Republican candidates are vying to become the newest Spokane County assessor following current assessor Vicki Horton’s retirement announcement earlier this year.