A candidate for Spokane County Commissioner, District 5, Spokane County in the 2022 Washington Primary Election, Aug. 2
City: Spokane, Washington
Education: Graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 2006. Majored in cultural anthropology and international studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Has a law degree from UCLA.
Political experience: First run for office.
Work experience: Spent more than three years as Spokane County’s regional law and justice administrator, focusing on criminal justice reform. Worked for the Southern Poverty Law Center and the MacArthur Justice Center before working for Spokane County. Also worked for the Legal Aid Justice Center in Virginia.
Family: Married to Satish Shrestha.
Fundraising: Has raised nearly $60,000 as of June 27. Notable donors include Washington State Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown, Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs, Spokane City Councilwoman Lori Kinnear, former Spokane County Public Defender Tom Krzyminski, the Spokane Tribe of Indians, Spokane City Prosecutor Justin Bingham, former Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, local Planned Parenthood spokesman Paul Dillon, the Washington Teamsters Legislative League, former Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager, state Rep. Marcus Riccelli and state Rep. Timm Ormsby.
Effort to improve voter turnout among inmates moving forward, despite opposition from Spokane County commissioners
Commissioners Josh Kerns and Al French rejected auditor Vicky Dalton’s request to get grant funding to improve voter turnout in Spokane County detention facilities.
Republican Don Harmon, who was eliminated from the rac, has endorsed Democrat Maggie Yates in the race for Spokane County Commission District 5.
For the first time in history, voters this year are electing five Spokane County commissioners instead of three.
For those who liking waiting to the last minute to cast their ballots, here’s a look at the candidate field.
French, who’s been an elected official for two decades, will try to fend off Maggie Yates, Tara Carter and former Airway Heights Mayor Don Harmon.
Former Spokane County criminal justice reform leader Maggie Yates to run against Commissioner Al French
Maggie Yates, a Democrat, spent the last four years leading the county’s criminal justice reform efforts before resigning in January.
Yates had been focusing on reducing Spokane County’s jail population and reducing racial disparities within the criminal justice system.