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Spokane School Board, Position 3

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Melissa Bedford 29,515 57.13%
Daryl Geffken 22,145 42.87%

* 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

Melissa Bedford

Spokane, Washington

Education: Earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in education, specializing in Literacy Studies, all from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Political experience: First run for office.

Work experience: Former public school teacher (elementary); current education professor at Eastern Washington University.

Family: Partner; no children

Campaign contributions: Raised $25,100 as of Oct. 13. Contributors include the Washington Education Association ($2,000), Washington State Democrats ($1,947), Spokane Regional Labor Council ($500), Spokane City Councilwoman Betsy Wilkerson ($250).

Daryl Geffken

Spokane, Washington

Education: Graduated from Shorewood High School in Shoreline, Washington. Earned bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Washington, master's in Divinity from Multnomah Biblical Seminary and doctorate in Leadership and Organizational Theory from Gonzaga University.

Political experience: First run for office.

Work experience: Currently a financial planner at D.A. Davidson. Served as a youth pastor in Portland, in Bremerton and at First Presbyterian Church in Spokane. Adjunct professor in student development at Gonzaga and Eastern Washington universities.

Family: Married. Two children. 

Campaign contributions: Raised $16,900 as of Oct. 13. Contributors include: Pyrotek ($1,000), retired president and CEO of Clearwater Paper Corp. Linda Massman ($1,000), former Spokane Airport Board Chairman David Clack ($250) and former candidate for Spokane School Board Katey Treloar ($250).

Complete Coverage

Campaign chests growing for school board races in Mead, Spokane

School board races in Spokane County this year are drawing plenty of interest – and money.

Geffken, Bedford vie for Spokane Public Schools seat

Supporting students should be the top priority at Spokane Public Schools, board candidates Melissa Bedford and Daryl Geffken agree.

Bedford, Geffken, Dean, Smith advance in Spokane School Board races

A foursome of political newcomers survived Tuesday’s primary election for two positions on the Spokane Public Schools board of directors.

These are the candidates to replace the Spokane School Board’s outgoing president

It’s been quite a year for the board of directors at Spokane Public Schools.