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Mead School Board District 4

Election Results

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

* 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

Michael Cannon

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.

David Knaggs

Spokane, Washington

Education: Graduated from Northwest Christian High School before receiving a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2003.

Work Experience: Executive Vice President at electronics manufacturer Keytronic

Political Experience: First run for office.

Family: Married Andrea Knaggs, a middle school social studies teacher within the Mead district. Has four children who all attend Mead schools.

Campaign finance: Knaggs has chosen the Public Disclosure Commission’s mini reporting option. So long as he raises and spends less than $7,000, he doesn’t have to disclose donors or donation amounts.

Complete Coverage

Mead School Board incumbent casts himself as candidate of change, challenger critical of political element on board

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.