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Spokane County Commissioner

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Mary Kuney (R) 24,580 55.83%
Paul Brian Noble (R) 19,445 44.17%

* 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

Mary Kuney

Party:
Republican
Age:
57
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.

FundraisingHas 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.

Paul Brian Noble

Party:
Republican
Age:
48
City:
Veradale, Washington

Education: Graduated from Grandview High School in Grandview, Washington. Studied to be a pastor. Has a master's degree in missional leadership from Northwest University. 

Political experience: None.

Work experience: Has been a pastor for 25 years. CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. 

Family: Married to Tanya Noble for 25 years. Has four kids and one grandchild. 

FundraisingHas raised more than $25,000 as of Oct. 5. Notable donors include Caleb Collier, a former Spokane Valley city councilman who often helps organize protests with former state Rep. Matt Shea, and Eastern Washington Liberty, a group that advocates for splitting Eastern Washington into a separate, 51st state. 

Complete Coverage

Spokane County commissioners vote against raising property taxes

The move will save the average county homeowner about $7 in 2023. 

Superior Court wants another judge, but the Spokane County commissioners don’t want to pay for it

The Washington Legislature in 1997 authorized the county to hire a 13th judge, but the county commissioners still haven’t added the position.

Kuney to head Washington State Association of Counties

The Spokane County commissioner will lead the organization that, in part, lobbies in Olympia on the behalf of counties. 

Two Democrats heading to the Spokane County Commission, but Republican majority likely to hold

Democrats won representation on the Spokane County Commission for the first time in a dozen years, but Republicans are in position to continue to control the body that writes county laws and determines spending.

Incumbent Kuney faces newcomer Noble in race among Republicans for Spokane County Commission District 4

The longtime Spokane County commissioner came out ahead during the primary election and has raised more than twice as much money as the Spokane Valley pastor. 

Spokane County to sue WSDOT over Camp Hope

It’s unclear if Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward supports the lawsuit. 

When community will ‘finally grow up’ it will be ‘unstoppable,’ Knezovich says

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, who will leave office at the end of the year, discussed his highs and lows in his 16 years at the sheriff’s office during a State of the County presentation by County Commissioner Mary Kuney on Thursday. 

French trailing, but other Spokane County Commission incumbents cruise to general election

For the first time in history, voters this year are electing five Spokane County commissioners instead of three.

Haven’t yet voted in the primary election? Here’s what’s at stake in Spokane County

For those who liking waiting to the last minute to cast their ballots, here’s a look at the candidate field. 

Even before $27 million Spokane County Jail lawsuit, NaphCare had a rocky legal history

The company that provides health care services to the Spokane County Jail is no stranger to lawsuits. 

Here’s who’s running for Spokane County Commissioner District 4 and where they stand on county issues

Voters will choose between a former auditor, a pastor and a real estate investor in the race for District 4, which covers southern Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and the southeastern portion of the county. 

Spokane County won’t put property tax on August ballot for Avista Stadium upgrades

The question may still be left to voters, but it won’t be answered during the summer primary election. 

Supported release, a Spokane County criminal justice reform proposal, turns a corner

After months of disagreement, county criminal justice leaders are now unanimously in favor of a supported release pilot program. 

No medical doctors among Spokane County Health Board’s nominations for new members

A naturopathic doctor, former regional administrator of HUD and homeless outreach coordinator are slated to join the Board of Health. 

Spokane County’s $677 million budget includes major investments in Sheriff’s Office

The Sheriff’s Office’s $50 million budget includes the salaries of 19 new patrol deputies and the purchase of body cameras. 

Spokane County used to publish 150-page budgets. Now they’re three or four pages long

The county says it intends to publish detailed budget documents once again in the near future. 

Sheriff’s Office to maintain $15k signing bonuses

The signing bonus is an essential recruiting tool as law enforcement agencies throughout the country battle to recruit officers, the Sheriff’s Office says. 

Spokane County commissioners extend deadline for Board of Health applicants

Anyone interested in sitting on the Spokane Regional Health District Board of Health can find an application form on the county website. 

Spokane County relaxes chicken restrictions, allows for hens in low-density areas

At long last, people living in Spokane County’s unincorporated, low-density residential areas can now raise hens. 

Five Spokane County commissioner seats are up for grabs in 2022, and here’s who might be running

The 2022 Spokane County commissioner elections will be unlike any the county’s seen before and probably unlike any the county will ever see again.