|Keith L. Clark
* 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
- Veradale, Washington
Education: Graduated from Shadle Park High School in 2000. Graduated from Brigham Young University in Idaho in 2005 with a degree in psychology.
Work Experience: Worked out of her home since becoming a parent in 2007. Currently runs a permitted cottage bakery out of her home since January 2023. Became a Notary Public in 2022. Taught violin lessons from 2014-2021. Did interior design and home staging for on-market properties from 2019-2020.
Political Experience: Chair of Voice for Washington Children, advocacy group that petitioned to put Referendum 90 on 2020 ballots.
Family: Married to Tim Barker with four children all currently attending schools in the Central Valley district, but homeschooled in the 2020-2021 school year.
Campaign finance: Has raised just over $10,000 as of Sept. 18. Donations are largely from individual donors, including $200 from Rob Linebarger, petitioner of a failed recall attempt against the three incumbents in 2021; $1,200 each from James and Holly Mulloy; and $1,000 from Michael Dobson. Received $1,000 from Summit Engineering.
- Veradale, Washington
Education: Graduated from Fruitland High School in Idaho in 1976. Graduated from the University of Idaho in 1983 with a degree in bacteriology. Graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 with a doctorate in veterinary medicine.
Work experience: Has worked as a veterinarian at Pet Vet Hospital and Wellness Center since 1995. Worked as a veterinarian at Ashton-Clark Veterinary Practice in Idaho from 1988-1995. Worked as a veterinarian at Tolleson Animal Hospital in Arizona from 1987-1988.
Political experience: Elected to Central Valley School Board in 2007 and has served since. A member of Washington State School Directors Association, served on the WSSDA nominations committee from 2016-2022 and currently on the resolutions committee since 2022.
Family: Married to Shelly Clark. Has seven kids who all graduated from the district and nine grandchildren.
Campaign finance: Raised nearly $13,300 as of Sept. 18. Donations are largely from individual donors, including $1,200 from Geoffrey Batt; $1,200 from Paul Clay, who represented the three incumbents in a failed 2021 recall attempt; $1,200 each from Georgia and Maylyn Malquest; $1,000 from Scott Grimmett; $1,000 from former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker; $65.50 from Debbie Long, another board member and incumbent in the race in her district; $500 from Teresa Landa, another board member not up for re-election. Also received $1,200 from Washington Education Association Political Action Committee, the statewide teachers’ union; and $450 from Spokane County Democrats Central Committee.
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