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Spokane School Board, Position 4

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Kata Dean 11,396 31.88%
Riley Smith 8,453 23.65%
Rion Ametu 7,155 20.01%
Culzean Fairley 6,733 18.83%
Corstian Dehle-Jones 2,012 5.63%

* 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

Kata Dean

Age:
43
City:
Spokane, Washington

Education: Associate degree in biology from Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho).

Political experience: First run for office.

Work experience: On-site advocate working with drug and alcohol addicted teens (ages 16-18), and sex offenders and sexual abuse victims (ages 8-12): Utah Valley Mental Health; Life Coach at Begin Again.

Family: Married to Collin Dean. Has five children, attending Moran Prairie Elementary, Chase Middle School and Ferris High School.

Riley Smith

Age:
24
City:
Spokane, Washington

Education: Graduated from North Central High School. Earned bachelor of arts from the University of Washington.

Political experience: Democratic precinct committee officer.

Work experience: Operations coordinator at a local nonprofit that supports hunger relief efforts. Legislative assistant at Spokane City Council. Managed Zack Zappone's campaign for state representative, as well as Betsy Wilkerson's current campaign for City Council.

Family: Married to Amadi Alegria.

Rion Ametu

Age:
42
City:
Spokane, Washington

Education: High school in college at DeVry University, current student at Spokane Falls Community College.

Political experience: Delegate for Bernie Sanders 2016 state convention in Olympia.

Work experience: Full-time student, drives for Uber. Served in U.S. Navy.

Family: Engaged. Has one child, one soon-to-be stepchild.

Culzean Fairley

City:
Spokane, Washington

Corstian Dehle-Jones

City:
Spokane, Washington

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