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Cheney School Board District 5

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Mitch Swenson 4,496 61.83%
Bill Lathrop 2,775 38.17%

* 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

Mitch Swenson

Age:
63

Education: Graduated from Cheney High School in 1978. Graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

Work experience: Commercial real estate broker with NAI Black for over 40 years.

Political experience: Elected Cheney Public Schools board member in 2015 and re-elected in 2019.

Family: Married to Kris Swenson. Has eight children. Five of his kids graduated from schools in the district.

 

Bill Lathrop

Age:
43
City:
Cheney, Washington

Education: Graduated from Rosalia High School in 1998. Received electric lineworker certificate from Boise State University in 1999.

Work experience: Works as a lineman of 17 years for the city of Cheney. Volunteers as a wrestling coach at Cheney Wrestling Association for over a year. Coaches youth wrestling at the Cheney wrestling club for six years.

Political experience: On the Cheney Public Schools long-range facility advisory committee for about six months. Lobbied at the state Legislature with the Public Employees Retirement System for one legislative session.

Family: Married to Jennifer Lathrop. Has two kids who attend schools in the district.

 

 

 

Political experience: On the Cheney Public Schools long-range facility advisory committee for about six months. Lobbied at the state Legislature with the Public Employees Retirement System for one legislative session.

 

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