Spokane School BoardTwo incumbents on the Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors had only slight leads in their battles to maintain their seats. Longtime incumbent Rocky Treppiedi, an assistant city attorney for the city of Spokane, is leading newcomer Laura Carder, a semi-retired computer programmer who says creationism should be taught in school, 52 percent to 48 percent. Incumbent Jeff Bierman, a Gonzaga University professor appointed to the board in 2008, was leading teacher Heidi Olson, 51 percent to 49 percent.
Outlying citiesVoters in smaller cities outside Spokane gave split verdicts for their incumbent mayors. Incumbent Cheney Mayor Allan Gainer lost big to former Mayor Tom Trulove. In Airway Heights, Mayor Matthew Pederson leads in the first count by only three votes over City Councilman Patrick Rushing. Medical Lake Mayor John Higgins and Deer Park Mayor Robert Whisman easily won re-election.
9th District representativeSouth and east of Spokane, Susan Fagan, of Pullman, leads Pat Hailey, of Mesa, for state representative in the 9th Legislative District. Fagan is a former aide to three U.S. senators in Idaho. Hailey is the widow of former state Rep. Steve Hailey, who died earlier this year.
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