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District Court, Pos. 3

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Jenny Zappone (N) 130,002 68.78%
Eric Dooyema (N) 59,019 31.22%

* 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.

The Candidates

Jenny Zappone

Spokane, Washington
Spokane County deputy prosecutor

Education: Graduated from Whitman College with a bachelor's degree in history in 2005. Graduated from Gonzaga Law School in 2009. 

Political experience: First run for political office.  

Work experience: Deputy prosecutor with Spokane County for the past 12 years, assigned to juvenile, property and then major crimes. Currently supervisor of office's General Felony and Witness Advocate units. Worked in private practice after graduating from Gonzaga Law. 

Family: Married to Jeff Bornholdt. Three children. 

Eric Dooyema

Spokane, Washington
District Court commissioner

Education: Graduated with dual degrees in chemistry and philosophy from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 2004. Graduate form South Dakota University School of Law in 2007. 

Political experience: First run for public office. Appointed Spokane County District Court commissioner in 2018. 

Work experience: Spokane County District Court commissioner since 2018. Worked in private practice in Spokane County, 2009 to 2018. Worked for two years in the public defender's office in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. 

Family: Married to Jodi Dooyema. No children.

Complete Coverage

Voters pick Jenny Zappone for district court seat; Andrew Biviano leads Deanna Crull

Two new District Court judges will take the bench after Tuesday’s election in Spokane County. 

Court Commissioner Eric Dooyema faces Deputy Prosecutor Jenny Zappone for District Court judge seat

Eric Dooyema, 47, and Jenny Zappone, 40, are vying for the seat on the bench that will be vacated by retiring District Court Judge Donna Wilson. Dooyema has earned Wilson’s endorsement, while Zappone has been building a coalition of supporters that include local Democratic and Republican groups, law enforcement officials and members of the legal community.