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Spokane City Council District 2 (South)

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Paul Dillon 14,739 53.34%
Katey R. Treloar 12,891 46.66%

* 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.

About The Race

The Candidates

Paul Dillon

Spokane, Washington

Education: Graduated from North Kitsap High School in 2001. Attended Eastern Washington University, studied journalism and government, finishing bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies.

Work experience: Has worked at Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, 2015 to current; vice president of public affairs, now transitioning to educator. Past work experience includes Eastern Washington director for YWCA Youth and Government, legislative assistant to state Sen. Andy Billig and legislative assistant to former Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder. Co-founded Down To Earth, an environmental advocacy and sustainability news blog that was published by The Spokesman-Review. Worked maintenance at the City of Spokane Parks Department. Currently serves as a board member for Greater Spokane Progress and the Washington Bus. Past board member for the Center For Justice, Washington Bikes, South Perry Farmer’s Market and volunteered with KYRS Thin Air Community Radio, Terrain Spokane, Spokane Community Against Racism, Spokane River Clean Up and Pro-Choice Washington.

Political experience: Serves as Spokane County Democratic Precinct Committee officer.

Family: Married to Tiffany Harms. One baby daughter.

Political donations: Reports having raised around $64,900 as of Oct. 6. Top donors include surgeon Jerry LeClaire; Don Barbieri and Sharon Smith of the Smith-Barbieri Foundation; John Culton, a consultant with the Desimone Consulting Group; and former public defender Jim Sheehan, founder of the Center for Justice in Spokane.






Katey R. Treloar

Spokane, Washington

Education: Ferris High School class of 1999. Graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a teaching certificate in 2003. She earned a master of Education in literacy from Gonzaga in 2007.

Work experience: Worked for nine years as a classroom teacher in various schools for the Spokane Public Schools from 2005 through 2012. Helped start the nonprofit Bite2-Go, which feeds local children when they are not in school. Founder and owner of Executive Function Coaching, LLC, working with individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other neurodiverse diagnoses. Worked with the local nonprofit At the Core from 2012-2014, first as a volunteer and then as a program coordinator. Served as Manito Cooperative Preschool board president from 2015-2016.

Political experience: Ran unsuccessfully for Spokane School Board in 2019.

Family: Married to Tom Treloar. Has two young children.

Political donations: Reported raising more than $149,200 as of Oct. 6, with maxed-out donations from numerous businesses, including Spokane Hardware Supply, downtown business owners such as Sheldon Jackson, and real estate interests, including the Spokane Association of Realtors.

Complete Coverage

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‘God help us’: Conservatives feel iced out by new, more progressive Spokane City Council

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Anonymity, limited testimony and an end to standing: Spokane City Council changes open forum rules

The Spokane City Council significantly changed its public testimony rules Monday night, including by banning audience members from standing to show support or displeasure.

Spokane City Council approves compromise resolution on Israel-Palestine conflict

The Spokane City Council has now voiced its support for Palestinian civilians under siege in Gaza in addition to the Israeli victims of the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas, after a 5-1 vote by the local legislative body.

Lili Navarrete appointed to two-year stint on Spokane City Council

Barbara Liliana Navarrete Lorenzo, better known as Lili Navarrete, has been appointed to fill an open seat on the Spokane City Council for the next two years.

Five finalists named for open seat on Spokane City Council

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Parents could soon be able to bring their kids to Spokane beer gardens

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Seventeen applied to serve a nearly two-year stint on the Spokane City Council

Seventeen people have submitted applications to fill a seat on the Spokane City Council vacated by Betsy Wilkerson, who had represented south Spokane but won election in November to the citywide position of City Council president.

Spokane County certifies results nearly unchanged from election night

Spokane County formally certified the 2023 election Tuesday, making official results that became evident weeks ago.

Spokane is wrestling with how much it can ask voters to raise taxes next year

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Woodward concedes to Brown in Spokane mayor race

Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward has conceded the election to mayor-elect Lisa Brown, who leads the incumbent by nearly 3,000 votes as of Monday night.

Voters approved Proposition 1 – and the elected politicians who oppose it. What now?

Spokane voters overwhelmingly approved major restrictions on camping in Tuesday’s election. But they also backed four of the five candidates who opposed those restrictions.

Woodward loses ground in second day of counting. Here’s what she would need to overtake Brown in mayoral race

The Spokane mayor race remains too close to call, though Lisa Brown’s lead over incumbent Nadine Woodward grew slightly Thursday with the latest batch of voting results.

Spokane voters criminalize homeless camps near places children gather

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Wilkerson wins race for Spokane City Council president as liberals maintain control

Liberals maintained veto-proof control of the seven-person Spokane City Council, according to early results on election night.

Truth tester: Many claims in Spokane City Council election ads are misleading

Citywide races in Spokane may be drawing the most money and the most negative ads , but City Council candidates also are facing a deluge of attacks.

South Perry District hit by more anti-LGBTQ+ vandalism

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Dillon and Treloar, running to represent south Spokane in City Hall, offer starkly different visions

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Ryan Oelrich, who was appointed to a three-month term on the Spokane City Council last Monday, has deep roots in the community and is well known in different circles for distinct reasons.