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Commissioner, District 1

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Josh Kerns (R) 158,743 57.24%
Ted Cummings (D) 118,583 42.76%

* 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

Josh Kerns

Party:
Republican
City:
Mead, Washington

Education: Graduated from Mount Spokane High School in 2003. Earned associate degree from Spokane Community College in 2004 and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Whitworth University in 2006 and 2008.

Political experience: Elected Spokane County commissioner in 2016. Served six years as a legislative aide for state Rep. Jeff Holy and former state Rep. John Ahern. Previously served as a delegate to precinct caucuses and county and state Republican conventions. Has worked on Republican campaigns since 2008.

Work experience: Owns a small marketing company, River Marketing, with his wife. Previously worked as a server at Red Robin and a banker for U.S. Bank.

Family: Married to Nichole Kerns. Has two children.

Campaign finance: Raised about $40,100 as of Sept. 11, 2020, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission. Top contributors include the Washington Association of Realtors Political Affairs Council, Avista Corp. and developer Harley Douglass.

Ted Cummings

Party:
Democrat
Age:
59
City:
Chattaroy, Washington

Education: Graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 1979. Earned an associate degree from Spokane Community College in 1997.

Political experience: Ran for U.S. Senate in 2016. Ran for state representative in the 4th Legislative District against Matt Shea in 2018.

Work experience: Worked at Kaiser Aluminum's Mead smelter from 1988 until a strike and lockout in 1998. Worked as a supervisor for Alcoa Aluminum in New York from 1998 to 2004. Returned to Kaiser in 2004 at the company's Trentwood plant. Serves as chairman of the clerical and technical unit for United Steelworkers Local 338. Sits on the executive board of the Spokane Regional Labor Council. Raises cattle and grows hay and timber on a small ranch in Chattaroy. Has served as vice president for the Washington State Labor Council since 2018.

Family: Married to Denise Cummings. Has two adult sons.

Campaign finance: Raised $3,700 as of Sept. 11, 2020, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission. Top contributors include himself and the Washington Labor Council.

Pitch: "I'm their neighbor, I'm going to put people first. It's not about corporations. It's not about money, it's about working for the people of this community."

Complete Coverage

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Spokane County Commissioner candidates Josh Kerns, Ted Cummings debate extremism, union negotiations

Spokane County Commissioner Candidates Josh Kerns, Ted Cummings clashed over union negotiations and whether Kerns should have called on Rep. Matt Shea to resign.

County Commissioner candidates Josh Kerns, Ted Cummings agree community needs help getting through COVID-19, differ on criminal justice

Spokane County Commissioner candidates Josh Kerns and Ted Cummings disagree on criminal justice issues and how the county should interact with unions, but have similar positions on at least one front: Both say the county should be willing to use county funds to assist people in need after federal money runs out.