Among the candidates running for Spokane County commissioner are a relatively new commissioner and an experienced one. Mary Kuney in District 2 and Al French in District 3 deserve election on Nov. 6. Generally speaking, District 2 is the southeastern part of the county and District 3 is the western part.
District 1, the northeastern part of the county, is not up this year. Josh Kerns currently represents District 1.
District 2: Mary Kuney
This is a reprise of the 2014 race for county treasurer, which incumbent Republican Rob Chase won over Republican Mary Kuney. Then last year when Shelly O’Quinn resigned, Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Kuney to that commissioner vacancy. The current election is to fill the final two years of O’Quinn’s term.
Chase pledged to serve only two terms as treasurer
Kuney has strong
Her extensive experience as a state and county auditor is evident. She asks good questions, including her leadership on how the county jail can improve safety and stem the high number of inmate suicides. She also has a background in private business and volunteer leadership.
Chase has solid accomplishments as a treasurer, including working with legislators to change state law and allow partial payments on property tax bills. His financial knowledge of the county could be an asset as commissioner;
District 3: Al French
Republican incumbent Al French beats Democratic newcomer Robbi Katherine Anthony as far as
French was integral in the county-city cooperation that helped bring the Amazon fulfillment center to West Plains. Putting aside years of turf wars,
Both candidates seek improvements in the old, overcrowded Spokane County Jail.
Mary Kuney in District 2 and Al French in District 3 will provide a valuable mix of newer perspectives and veteran leadership. They deserve election.