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O’Quinn says job forbids endorsement

Shelly O’Quinn, a Republican who lost her bid for state House in the 6th Legislative District, said Wednesday that she is not allowed to endorse any candidates in the general election because of her job.

Incumbent Democratic state Rep. John Driscoll and former state Rep. John Ahern, a Republican, were the top two vote-getters the primary and will face off in November.

O’Quinn is the workforce development manager for Greater Spokane Inc., the region’s Chamber of Commerce. She said after the election she restarted her full-time work schedule.

“Due to the nonpartisan nature of our organization, I’m prohibited from making any political endorsements,” O’Quinn said. “I definitely hope that the Republican Party can unify.”

Ahern said he understands O’Quinn’s work rules and isn’t offended that she can’t endorse him.

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