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Spokane County Commissioner

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Chris Jordan (D) 22,643 54.78%
Kim Plese (R) 18,693 45.22%

* 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.

About The Race

The Candidates

Chris Jordan

Spokane, Washington

Education: Graduated from Mount Spokane High School. Has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington. Also has graduate degrees in public administration and law from the University of Washington.

Political experience: None.

Work experience: Works as a lawyer with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, specializing in child abuse cases. Has previously worked for Columbia Legal Services, a legal aide and advocacy group. Served on the University of Washington’s board of regents while in graduate school. Interned for Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

Family: Married to Mara Hazeltine. Grandfather was Jack Spring, a left-handed pitcher and Spokanite who appeared in 155 Major League Baseball games from 1955 to 1965.

FundraisingHas raised more than $76,000 as of Sept. 9. Notable donors include Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown, numerous labor unions – including the Spokane Firefighters Union’s political action committee, the Washington Association of Realtors, the Spokane Tribe of Indians, former Spokane City Councilwoman Candace Mumm, City Councilwoman Lori Kinnear, 3rd Legislative District Sen. Andy Billig and 3rd Legislative District Reps. Marcus Riccelli and Timm Ormsby.

Kim Plese

Spokane, Washington

Education: Graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 1980. Received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Washington State University in 1984.

Political experience: None.

Work experience: Owned Plese Printing and Marketing for 32 years before selling it in 2022. Interned in King County juvenile court. Was president of the Boys and Girls Club of Spokane County for two years. Former president of the Board of Executive Women International in Spokane.

Family: Single. Has two children. Sister is Spokane County Superior Court Judge Annette Plese.

FundraisingHas raised more than $87,000 as of Sept. 9. Prominent donors include Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ campaign fund, numerous real estate investors, political action committees representing developers and homebuilders, the Max J. Kuney Co., Spokane County commissioners Mary Kuney and Al French, 6th Legislative District Rep. Mike Volz and former U.S. Attorney for Eastern Washington Jim McDevitt.

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