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Spokane County Commissioner, District 5

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Maggie Yates (D) 13,590 44.56%
Al French (R) 12,564 41.20%
Don A. Harmon (R) 3,478 11.40%
Tara Carter (I) 866 2.84%

* 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.

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Don A. Harmon


Tara Carter


Complete Coverage

City of Spokane and Knezovich requesting emergency proclamation for Camp Hope

Spokane County commissioners plan to sign an emergency proclamation on Tuesday related to Camp Hope, the 450-person homeless encampment along Interstate 90 in east Spokane. 

Pints and Politics: Spokane County Commission debate

At the recent Pints and Politics event Oct. 6, 2022 at the Bing Crosby Theater, Spokane County Commissioner candidates, Al French and Maggie Yates debated the issues facing the District 5 seat on the newly expanded county commission. Jonathan Brunt, the Spokesman-Review’s Government Editor acts as moderator.

Democrat Yates looks to unseat Republican French in race that could shift balance of power on the Spokane County Commission

Whichever political party wins District 5 will likely win a majority on the county commission, the most powerful branch of Spokane County government. 

French and Yates disagree on need for new county jail during Thursday debate

Spokane County Commissioner Al French, a Republican who is running to maintain a seat on the commission in the newly drawn 5th Commissioner District, faced his opponent, Democrat Maggie Yates, in a Thursday night debate.

Spokane County to sue WSDOT over Camp Hope

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

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. 

Incumbent French dealt a blow after fellow Republican endorses his Democratic opponent

Republican Don Harmon, who was eliminated from the rac, has endorsed Democrat Maggie Yates in the race for Spokane County Commission District 5. 

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. 

Could a $150 million stormwater project fuel more development on the West Plains?

S3R3 Solutions, the public development authority on the West Plains, hopes a massive stormwater infrastructure project could be an economic development boon for the region. 

Three challengers hope to bring down Al French in race for Spokane County Commission District 5

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. 

Republicans call for thorough review of 2020 Spokane County election, but county officials unlikely to be able to fulfill request

The Spokane County Republican Party wants a complete review of the county’s election system by a third party, but the county commissioners say they can’t legally authorize it. 

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. 

Don Harmon, Airway Heights’ mayor in the late 1990s, enters county commission race against Al French

Harmon, 76, is keeping his campaign platform simple — he’s focused on police and roads. 

Spokane County filing week kicks of with three surprise candidates, but few bombshells

Airway Heights’ mayor from the late ‘90s, Karen Stratton’s former legislative assistant and a formerly incarcerated person of color were the only unexpected names to file to run for election in the August primary. 

Getting There: Spokane County works out deal to acquire closed BNSF bridge near Airway Heights

A rotting wooden bridge over the railroad tracks on the West Plains has infuriated residents for three years. At long last, the county announced it’s worked out an arrangement with the railroad to fix the problem. 

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. 

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. 

For nearly 20 years, chronic flooding has made life miserable for some West Plains homeowners. Spokane County hopes a $5.5 million project will be the solution

The sun is out, the sky is blue and Raspberry Avenue on the West Plains is full of puddles.