|Gregory (Spudd) Hesse
* 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
- Spokane Valley, Washington
Education: Graduated from Central Valley High School in 1985 and then earned a fire science degree from Spokane Community College. He graduated from paramedic school in 1989.
Work experience: He worked briefly for District 8 as a volunteer before working at the Millwood Fire Department for three years. He worked for Fire District 7 in Snohomish County from 1991 to 2021. He still picks up occasional paramedic shifts with Snohomish County Fire District 26 and Orcas Island Fire and Rescue.
Political experience: First run for office.
Family: Married to Elizabeth Larsen. Has three children and three grandchildren.
- Spokane, Washington
Education: Graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1965, then earned a fire science degree from Spokane Community College.
Work experience: Worked briefly for Northern Pacific Railroad and as a carpenter before joining the Spokane Fire Department as a firefighter in 1970. Along the way he also owned several businesses, including a construction company, and worked for General Fire Equipment for several years. He retired from the city fire department as a fire marshal in 2003.
Political experience: First served as a Spokane County Fire District 8 commissioner from 2000-13 and was re-elected in 2017.
Family: Married to Denise Hesse. Has three children and two grandchildren.
Voters have a choice in November between two candidates for Spokane County Fire District 8 commissioner with multiple years of experience in the fire service, but in different ways.