A candidate for Spokane County Commission, District 2, Spokane County in the 2020 Washington Primary Election, Aug. 4
City: Spokane Valley, Washington
Education: Graduated from Central Valley High School in 1983. Attended Spokane Falls Community College and graduated from Gonzaga University in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in accounting.
Political experience: Appointed Spokane County commissioner in 2017. Won election to same seat in 2018 and 2020. Ran unsuccessfully for Spokane County treasurer in 2014. Former Republican precinct committee officer.
Work experience: Certified public accountant since 1993. Served as Spokane County chief deputy auditor for more than two years before becoming commissioner. Audited Spokane County during her 10 years with the Washington State Auditor's Office. Launched two small businesses. Owned Contineo Compliance PLLC, 2012-2013. Co-owner of Spokane-based Summit Tea Company, 2006-2008. Member of Hutton Settlement board of directors, a position she has held since 2009.
Family: Married to Max Kuney. Has two children.
Fundraising: Has raised nearly $60,000 as of Oct. 5. Multiple political action committees funded by developers, builders and contractors have donated to Kuney's campaign. She's also received donations from several individual developers and contractors, Avista, Cathy McMorris Rodgers For Congress, Spokane Republican state Rep. Mike Volz, Spokane Indians (baseball) President Chris Duff, former Spokane Valley Mayor Diana Wilhite, Spokane Valley City Councilman Ben Wick and former Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke.
|Mary Kuney (R)||34,576||61.83%|
|David Green (D)||21,347||38.17%|
Spokane County reduces its 2021 budget deficit by around $3 million by not hiring as many new sheriff’s deputies, other employees
Spokane County plans to not fill vacant Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy and deputy training positions next year in hopes of reducing an $11.6 million budget deficit.
Spokane County uses COVID-19 aid to launch $10.8 million hospitality grant program
Spokane County Commissioners approved $10.8 million in federal COVID-19 aid for a new grant program that will offer assistance to struggling hospitality businesses. The application for the grant opens next week and only restaurants, hotels, event venues and other businesses related to hospitality and leisure activities are eligible.
Spokane County faces $11 million shortfall in 2021 budget
Spokane County’s preliminary budget was released Tuesday and the county is facing an estimated $11 million shortfall, which they hope to address with early retirements, cutting costs and potentially dipping into reserves.
Spokane County commissioners have less than 90 days to spend $40 million in federal COVID-19 aid
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Spokane County Commissioner candidates Mary Kuney, David Green disagree on reopening economy, funding health district
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New facility aims for ‘life restarts,’ reduced recidivism in people with mental health, substance disorders
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Spokane County Commissioners abolish gambling taxes for unincorporated businesses
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Spokane County awards $4.4 million in federal COVID-19 aid funding for food
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Spokane County commissioner candidates David Green, Mary Kuney differ on budget issues
Accountants David Green and Mary Kuney are both running for county commissioner with different approaches on the budget, criminal justice and funding the Spokane Regional Health District.
Spokane County health officer rejects commissioners’ push to next reopening phase
Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz declined a request from the Spokane County Commissioners to start the process of moving Spokane County into Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan.