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Auditor

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Vicky M. Dalton (D) 109,814 50.27%
Bob McCaslin (R) 108,631 49.73%

* 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

Vicky M. Dalton

Party:
Democratic
Age:
61
City:
Spokane, Washington

Education: Earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1982 and computer information systems in 1984 at Idaho State University.

Work experience: Staff auditor for Jones Yost Hatt Erickson & Co in Pocatello, Idaho, from 1983 to 1984. Senior auditor for Sorensen, Vance & Co. in Salt Lake City from 1984 to 1988. Spokane County internal auditor, 1989 to 1998. County auditor, 1999 to present.

Political experience: Elected Spokane County auditor in 1998 and every four years since. President of the Washington State Association of County Auditors from 2011 to 2012. Active in the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants and Government Finance Officers Association. Member of the VoteWA steering and governance committees. Has previously been a Democratic party precinct committee officer.

Family: Married to Kurt Parker. No children.

Campaign fundraising: Has raised $38,000 as of Sept. 28, 2022. Notable donors include Lisa Brown's Congressional campaign fund, the Avista Corp., a political action committee of the Associated General Contractors of America, longtime U.S. diplomat to the Middle East Ryan Crocker, former Spokane County Prosecutor Jim Sweetser, 3rd Legislative District Sen. Andy Billig and former Spokane County CEO Gerry Gemmill. 

Bob McCaslin

Party:
Republican
Age:
65
City:
Spokane Valley, Washington

Education: Graduated from Central Valley High School in 1976. Earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and history from Washington State University in 1983. Earned a master's degree in school administration from Whitworth College (now Whitworth University). 

Work experience: Salesman at Freedom RV. Elementary school teacher in the Evergreen School district in San Jose, California, 1983-1994 and in the Central Valley School District from 1994-2016. 

Political experience: Appointed to the Spokane Valley planning commission in 2012. Has served as a state representative since 2015. Father was longtime Spokane Valley legislator Bob McCaslin Sr. 

Family: Married to Heather McCaslin. Has two children. 

Campaign fundraisingHas raised $30,000 as of Sept. 28, 2022. Notable donors include U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Spokane Valley City Councilman Rod Higgins, 6th Legislative District Rep. Mike Volz, 4th Legislative District Sen. Mike Padden, 4th Legislative District Rep. Rob Chase and Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell. 

Complete Coverage

No votes change in auditor’s race after McCaslin’s recount request

The Republican requested a partial hand recount after losing the Spokane County auditor’s race by a mere 1,183 votes out of more than 220,000 ballots cast. 

McCaslin requests partial recount of Spokane County auditor’s race

Spokane County elections staff will likely conduct the recount Wednesday. 

Spin Control: Elections are won on the margins, and Dalton’s were just a bit better

Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton owes her re-election to heavy voting precincts in the city of Spokane. Her Republican challenger Bob McCaslin almost caught her thanks to vote margins in or near parts of his old legislative district.

Vicky Dalton wins re-election as Spokane County auditor

Dalton, who first won election in 1998, is heading back to the Spokane County Courthouse for a seventh term. 

Vicky Dalton on cusp of re-election as auditor with around 1% of ballots left to count

Dalton has a narrow 932-vote lead over Republican Bob McCaslin, who needs to win more than 76% of the remaining vote in order to pull off an upset. 

McCaslin continues to chip away at Dalton’s lead in Spokane County auditor’s race

The race remains too close to call. 

McCaslin still gaining on Dalton; Chase’s re-election odds look increasingly slim

Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton’s seat appears to be in jeopardy and 4th Legislative District Rep. Rob Chase’s path to victory looks increasingly narrow. 

Republicans win majority on Spokane County Commission; McCaslin gains on Dalton in auditor’s race

Maggie Yates has conceded to Al French, Bob McCaslin is chipping away at Vicky Dalton’s lead and Leonard Christian’s odds of upsetting Rob Chase look increasingly good. 

Dalton ahead in tight race for Spokane County auditor

Democratic incumbent Vicky Dalton is up by 4 percentage points in the race for Spokane County auditor, but if the results of the August primary election are any indication, the race is far from over.

National super PAC spending $75,000 on Spokane County auditor’s race

Open Democracy is spending $75,000 on 100,000 mailers in support of Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton’s reelection bid against Republican challenger Bob McCaslin. 

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.

Pints and Politics: Spokane County Auditor

In the fall elections, Spokane County Auditor Vicki Dalton will face challenger Bob McCaslin. At the Pints and Politics debate series Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, McCaslin declined to participate, so Dalton was allowed a short Q&A session with moderator Laurel Demkovich, the Spokesman-Review statehouse reporter. Dalton spoke of her best known responsibility, overseeing elections.

Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton reassures voters that local elections are secure

Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton sought to reassure voters of the integrity of local elections.

Democrat Dalton hopes to fend off Republican McCaslin in race for Spokane County Auditor

Dalton has served as county auditor since 1999. McCaslin is a state legislator who has repeatedly supported efforts to audit Spokane County’s 2020 election. 

‘People have gotten sucked into a lot of lies’: Experts say elections are secure, even as Republicans make baseless claims to the contrary

A subcommittee of the Spokane County Republican Party says it wants to restore confidence in elections. Experts say questioning the integrity of elections without evidence is threatening American democracy. 

GOP-backed Spokane County canvassing group alleges elections system is ‘not clean,’ but declines to share specifics

A report by the Washington Voter Research Project says Spokane County’s voter rolls are poorly maintained, but doesn’t provide any names and addresses identifying suspicious registrations.

Spin Control: Elections data shows if you voted, not how you voted

A reader who is a regular voter and follows the newspaper’s election coverage wrote recently with several questions about the security of her ballot and the maps we often publish to show how people voted.

Spokane County primary election turnout was better than expected

Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton said she expects the final turnout numbers to top 40%. 

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. 

Time to vote: Spokane County auditor’s office mailing more than 350,000 ballots this week

Ballots have to be postmarked by Aug. 2 or placed in a county drop box by 8 p.m. on election day in order to count.