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Prosecutor

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Larry Haskell (R) 118,667 56.37%
Deb Conklin (N) 91,848 43.63%

* 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

Larry Haskell

Party:
Republican
Age:
68
City:
Spokane, Washington

Education: Graduated from O'Day High School in Seattle in 1972. Earned an associate degree from Seattle Central Community College in 1976, a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Washington in 1979 and a law degree from Seattle University in 1997.

Political experience: Appointed to Airway Heights City Council in 1999 and elected in 2002. Left the council for military service then re-elected from 2005 to 2010. Served on Cheney School Board from 2007 to 2012. Elected Spokane County prosecutor in 2014 and 2018.

Work experience: Active duty in the United States Air Force from 1972 to 1976 and commissioned officer and pilot starting in 1979. Member of the Air National Guard from 1998 to 2002. Returned to active duty from 2002-2005, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Worked as a Spokane County deputy prosecutor from 1998 until 2012. Worked as special assistant U.S. Attorney from 2012-2013. Elected Spokane County prosecutor in 2014 and 2018.

Family: Married to Lesley Haskell. Has five children, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Fundraising: Raised $34,718 as of July 8, including contributions from Spokane County deputy prosecutors John Grasso, Dale Nagy, Larry Steinmetz and Preston McCollam, local attorney Rob Cossey, and Spokane Valley council members Arne Woodward and Rod Higgins.

Deb Conklin

Party:
Non-Partisan
Age:
69
City:
Spokane, Washington

Education: Graduated from Windsor Central High School in Windsor, New York in 1971. Earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Washington in 1978, a law degree from the University of Washington in 1981 and a Master's of Divinity from the Vancouver School of Theology in 1997.

Political experience: First run for public office.

Work experience: Clallam County deputy prosecuting attorney from 1983-1987, and served as a senior criminal deputy for 4 years. United Methodist Church pastor from 1997-present, currently at Liberty Park and St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

Family: Has two adult children

Fundraising: Raised $10,917 as of July 8, including contributions from the Spokane Firefighters Union Political Action Committee, Planned Parenthood's Paul Dillon, and former Spokane Valley City Council candidate Lance Gurel.

Related Media

Complete Coverage

Incumbent Larry Haskell wins third term as Spokane County prosecutor

Incumbent Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell won a third term in Tuesday’s election.

KSPS debate: Haskell and Conklin

KSPS hosted this debate between incumbent Republican Prosecutor Larry Haskell and his Democratic challenger, Deb Conklin. Spokesman-Review reporter Emma Epperly and Spokane Public Radio reporter Rebecca White were panelists for the event.

Spokane County candidates address ‘homelessness,’ ‘lawlessness’ during Saturday forum in Spokane Valley

Sheriff hopeful John Nowels, his fellow Republican opponent Wade Nelson and other candidates for office in Eastern Washington fielded questions Saturday at a candidate forum hosted by Valley Assembly of God at the Spokane Valley church.

In race for county prosecutor, incumbent Haskell takes aim at ‘lawlessness,’ while Conklin eyes reform, transparency

Incumbent Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell hopes to fight “lawlessness” by holding people accountable if elected to a third term, while challenger Deb Conklin argues the current system isn’t working and that reforms are necessary to reduce repeat offenses.

From experience to charging defendants, Haskell and Conklin counter each other at debate

Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell said voters should consider his lengthy professional experience when hitting the polls next month while his opponent, Deb Conklin, said her experience in leading and motivating people is critical to the office.

Aguirre retrial still set for November, amid confusion over prosecutor’s plans

Prosecutors seeking to convict a cold-case homicide suspect told a judge Friday they need more time to sort out their trial plans.

Incumbent Prosecutor Haskell to face Conklin in general election

Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell will face nonpartisan candidate Deb Conklin the general election, after two Republican challengers failed to garner the votes need to oust Haskell.

Haskell pulls ahead of Conklin in race for prosecutor; Anderson still on track to advance in Secy. of State race

Republican Larry Haskell and nonpartisan pastor Deb Conklin will likely face off in the November general election for Spokane County prosecutor. 

Conklin still holds narrow lead over Haskell in Spokane County prosecutor race

The outlook of the race didn’t budge on Wednesday, even as the Spokane County Auditor’s Office counted an additional 10,000 ballots. 

Conklin leads Spokane County prosecutor race; Haskell, Collins narrowly behind

Three candidates were locked in a tight race for Spokane County prosecutor Tuesday night as the embattled incumbent Republican, Larry Haskell, faces a tough re-election bid.

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. 

Local group sends mailers urging voters to replace Prosecutor Larry Haskell, who called statements a ‘political hit piece’

Some Spokane County voters were greeted with a question when they opened their mailboxes earlier this month.

Spokane County prosecutor candidates make final pitch to voters at Pints and Politics forum

The four Spokane County prosecutor candidates made one of their final pitches to voters Thursday night ahead of the Aug. 2 primary election.

Three challengers take on incumbent Larry Haskell in Spokane County Prosecutor race

When Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell ran for re-election the first time, he drew no challengers.

Judge denies motion to remove Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell from case based in part on wife’s racist comments

A Spokane attorney’s attempt to remove Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell from a case because of his wife’s racist comments as well as racial disparities in charging was blocked by a judge on Wednesday.

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. 

Prosecutor turned pastor hopes to return to courtroom; ‘Nonpartisan’ Conklin is first non-Republican to file for Spokane County prosecutor

Debra Conklin hasn’t practiced law in 35 years, but the Spokane pastor is now the fourth candidate and only non-Republican to announce her intention to run for Spokane County prosecutor.

At press conference, Haskell defends his role as prosecutor amid wife’s racist social media scandal

Spokane County’s embattled prosecutor defended the integrity of his office Friday after concerns mounted over his wife’s racist social media posts, but some legal experts say the damage may already be done.

Spokane County stands to lose thousands in MacArthur funding over stalled criminal justice reform program

A national foundation that has invested millions to reform the Spokane County criminal justice system is warning officials that it may demand some of its money back because of the county’s lack of progress.

Haskell apologizes for wife’s racist comments on social media, but advocates say prosecutor needs to do more

Some community advocates are calling for the Spokane County prosecutor’s resignation.