With one leader looking to step down and another deciding to stay where he is, things are starting to shape up interestingly for the fall elections.
Candidates began filing on Monday for federal, state and local office. And while there are no juicy local races – this is an off year for local city councils and school boards – Spokane Valley will definitely have a new representative on the Board of County Commissioners.
As of Wednesday, three had filed for the District 2 seat currently held by two-term incumbent Mark Richard. Richard announced last month he would not seek a third term.
Vying for the post will be current Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase, who lives in Liberty Lake. Joining Chase will be fellow Republican Shelly O’Quinn, director of education and workforce development for Greater Spokane Inc. Democrat Daryl Romeyn – a former television newscaster who unsuccessfully challenged Cathy McMorris Rodgers for her 5th District congressional seat two years ago – has also thrown his hat in the ring.
This time around, Rich Cowan, who prefers the Democratic Party, will challenge McMorris Rodgers.
Todd Mielke, Republican county commissioner in District 1, has filed for re-election. As of Wednesday, he had no challengers.
Matt Shea, 4th District representative of the Spokane Valley area to the state Legislature, had been rumored to seek the open District 2 county commissioner seat. However, he has announced he will seek re-election in District 4. He hadn’t filed by midweek, however he will be challenged by Amy Biviano, who prefers the Democratic Party.
Mike Padden, state senator, and Larry Crouse, representative, had filed for their respective 4th District seats. Neither has a challenger.
The top two vote-getters in each race in the August primary, regardless of their party preference, will move on to the general election in November.
Candidates will be able to file in person at the Spokane County Elections Office, 1033 W. Gardner Ave, through 4 p.m. today (Friday).
Candidates can also file online at www.spokanecounty.org/elections.