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Spokane County Fire District 3, position 1

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Sharon J. Colby 2,922 56.38%
Michael Heiydt 2,261 43.62%

* 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

Sharon J. Colby

Spokane, WA

Education: Graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1959, majored in psychology at Whitworth University but did not complete her degree

Work Experience: Stay at home mom to her four sons and one grandson. Served as volunteer firefighter.

Political Experience: Fire commissioner for Spokane County Fire District 3 since 1990. Presently on the Local Emergency Planning Committee for 21 years and Emergency Medical Services Board Member for 15 years. Former member of the Liberty School Board for 13 years, Washington Fire Commissioners Association board for 18 years, Fire Protection Policy Board for 9 years and chairwoman for 5 years, Fire Leadership Forum founding member, Fire Representative with the Growth Management Steering Committee for 18 years

Family: Married for 54 years until her husband died in 2015. Has four sons and helped raise one of their grandsons

Michael Heiydt

Cheney, WA

Education: Graduated from Cheney High School in 1992. Graduated from Spokane Community College in 1996 in heavy equipment repair,

Work Experience: Spent 20 years as a diesel mechanic before opening his own repair shop. Peviously a District 3 volunteer firefighter for five years.

Political Experience: First run for office.

Family: Married. Has three daughters

Complete Coverage

Spokane County Fire District 3 commissioner candidates propose different approaches to major change

Big changes are coming to Spokane County Fire District 3, and two fire commissioner candidates plan to navigate those changes in different ways. Incumbent Sharon Colby, who has been a fire commissioner for nearly three decades, hopes to use her knowledge of the district to help manage an expanding service area smoothly.

Spokane County Fire District 3 commissioner candidates take different positions on tax increase and serving Medical Lake

A longtime Fire District 3 commissioner says she brings valuable experience at a time of big change while her opponent hopes to bring a new perspective.