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Spokane County Commission, Position 3

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Position 3: Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager and her re-election challenger, former Spokane City Councilman Al French, seem to have mixed up their political party playbooks.

French, a Republican, portrays Mager as the candidate of “no.” Mager, a Democrat, calls herself the only fiscal conservative in the race.

“She has failed to offer any new legislation to serve the needs of the community,” French said.

He wants to boost the economy by “adjusting” business regulations, and calls for increased effort to consolidate overlapping city and county programs.

Mager claims several initiatives, including an agreement for Spokane to share revenue from a West Plains annexation, and trumpets her votes against proposals she considers too costly – including the purchase and reconfiguration of the Spokane County Raceway.

French said he had “incomplete” information in September 2009 when he said the raceway purchase was “a good overall move” despite a “hiccup” in which a hired operator ran up a million-dollar debt. Both candidates favor selling the raceway.

French has raised $94,467 in contributions and spent $62,949; Mager has raised $89,216 and spent $48,868.

The job pays $93,000 a year, plus health care and other benefits.

• Al French , 59


Bio: Architect, real estate investor, investment consultant. Two terms on Spokane City Council. Married; one adult daughter. Bachelor of arts in architecture, 1977, University of Idaho.

Campaign promises: Advance legislation to enhance business creation and expansion. Redesign government functions based on available revenues.

Notable: Promoted creation of “street utility” tax while on Spokane City Council.

• Bonnie Mager , 59

Incumbent Democrat

Bio: County commissioner. Former leader in Neighborhood Alliance of Spokane County, Citizens for Clean Air, Washington Environmental Council. Married; three children. Associate of arts in fashion design, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.

Campaign promises: “Continue to be fiscally conservative and spend taxpayers’ money like my own. Work to implement proven programs to cut crime and reassess the need for a new jail.”

Notable: Instigated public forum at start of commissioner meetings.

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