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Mead School Board, district 4

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Michael Cannon 8,053 56.07%
Dorcas Wylder 6,309 43.93%

* 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

Michael Cannon

Party:
Age:
43
City:
Spokane , WA
Occupation:
Banker and small business owner

Education: Graduated from Central Valley High School in Spokane in 1995. Earned a degree in business and organizational management from Whitworth University in 2009.

Political experience: Ran for Spokane City Council in 2013. Chair, Pride Prep Charter School Board 2014-2019. Chairman of the City of Spokane Community, Housing, and Human Services Board from 2012-2015.

Work experience: Has worked in finance 1999-2015. Now a sales executive for a payment software company and owns two businesses – Cannon Insurance Agency and Cobalt Ventures, which invests in real estate.

Family: Not married. Has one son, a senior at Mead High School.

Dorcas Wylder

Party:

Education: Graduated from Ferris High School in Spokane. Bachelor’s degree in education from Seattle University. Earned master’s degree in education from Eastern Washington University, principal certification from Gonzaga University and superintendent credential from Washington State University.

Political experience: None.

Work experience: Spent 32 years in education at Spokane Public Schools, Mary Walker School District and Mead School District, including 14 years as an administrator in Mead.

Family: Single.

Complete Coverage

Election preview: Mead School District board member Dorcas Wylder faces challenger Michael Cannon

Wylder, who was appointed to the seat at the beginning of the year, defended the school board’s decisions to end programs while facing a projected budget shortfall next year. Cannon said those decisions were “short-sighted” and have left parents and students without needed support.

School boards draw challengers amid budget crisis and layoffs

School board races are off to a fast start in Spokane County – especially in Mead, where at least one challenger has promised to make an issue of the district’s recent decision to close two popular programs.