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East Valley School Board, District 3

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Justin Voelker 1,646 45.60%
Carolyn Petersen 1,095 30.33%
Emelie Braxton 869 24.07%

* 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

Justin Voelker

Spokane Valley, Washington

Education: Graduated from La Grande High School in La Grande, Oregon, in 1993. Earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Eastern Oregon University in 1997. Earned a master's degree in health care management from the University of Phoenix in 2005.

Political experience: Elected to East Valley School District School Board in 2013 and 2017. 

Work experience: Serves as the chief financial officer at MultiCare Valley Hospital.

Family: Married; has two children.

Carolyn Petersen

Spokane, Washington

Education: Received a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in recreation management and youth leadership in 2001.

Political experience: First run for office.

Work experience: Vice president of EDRC LLC, ownership of a local Subway store.

Family: Married; has five children.

Emelie Braxton

Spokane Valley, Washington

Complete Coverage

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Two parents with children in East Valley schools face each other in the November election for a seat on the school board.

East Valley School Board incumbent has strong primary finish

An incumbent East Valley School Board member easily topped his challengers in Tuesday’s primary.