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Deer Park City Council, position 2

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Helen Cragun 554 50.27%
Carla J. Phillips 548 49.73%

* 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

Helen Cragun

Deer Park, WA

Education: Attended Roosevelt High School in Seattle and earned her GED from Deer Park High School in 1971. She earned associate degrees in general studies and photography from Spokane Falls Community College in 1977.

Occupation: Retired in 1995 as a safety and compliance officer after 20 years at the Oriard Powder Co.

Political experience: Served two years on the Deer Park Planning Commission before being appointed to the City Council in 1998. She has served since then with the exception of one year. 

Family: Married to Gale Cragun. Has six children.

Carla J. Phillips

Deer Park, WA

Education: Graduated from DuPont High School in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1964. She completed her LPN training at Duvall Hospital in Jacksonville, then earned an associate degree in business from Pasadena City College in California in 1975. 

Occupation: Served two years in the Army. Worked as a licensed practical nurse in the 1960s. Retired in 2002 from the U.S. Post Office as a mail carrier after nearly 30 years, including a decade in downtown Spokane. Worked at the Deer Park Senior Center for four years beginning in 2005. 

Political experience: Served as an elected Republican precinct committee officer in Stevens County.

Family: Twice widowed. Has two children. 

Complete Coverage

‘One or two votes is kind of a close thing’: Some Spokane County races still not settled

From Fairfield to Deer Park to the city of Spokane, many candidates are still waiting for votes to be counted.

Incumbent Cragun, challenger Phillips face off for Deer Park City Council seat

Longtime Deer Park City Councilwoman Dee Cragun says her experience will help finish important projects and mentor new members. Her opponent in November’s election, Carla Phillips, argues it’s time for a new voice. Cragun served on the city’s planning commission before being appointed to the City Council to fill a vacant seat in 1998. She’s been on the council ever since with the exception of one year when she lost an election by 32 votes but then ran for another seat the following year and won.