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Michael Cannon

A candidate for Mead School Board District 4, Mead School District in the 2023 Washington General Election, Nov. 7

Age: 46

City: Spokane, Washington

Education: Graduated from Central Valley High School in Spokane in 1995. Earned a degree in business and organizational management from Whitworth University in 2009.

Political Experience: Ran for Spokane City Council in 2013. Chair of Pride Prep Charter School Board 2014-2019. Chairman of the City of Spokane Community, Housing, and Human Services Board from 2012-2015. Member of former Spokane Mayor David Condon’s 2012 transition team.

Work Experience: Worked in finance 1999-2015. Now a sales executive for a payment software company and owns Cobalt Ventures, which invests in real estate.

Family: Not married. Has one son, who graduated from Mead High School in 2020.

Campaign finance: Raised $17,576 as of Sept. 8. Notable donors include Spokane City Councilman Michael Cathcart, developer Harley Douglas, Catholic Charities Vice President Jonathan Mallahan, business owner Robert Meterne, home builder Condron Corey and Avista Director of Government Relations Collins Sprague.

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Race Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Michael Cannon 10,841 56.58%
David Knaggs 8,321 43.42%

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Known for authoring a controversial proposal to ban critical race theory from Mead’s curriculum, school board member Michael Cannon is running for a second term, saying he’ll defend parental rights. He faces an engineer who hopes to make Mead’s school board less political.