Attention now turns to the November general election as primary results were certified on Tuesday.
Voter turnout was 38.85 percent for the Aug. 7 mail-in election, with 104,905 ballots cast in Spokane County out of a total of 270,018 registered voters.
The biggest winners in the election were local fire districts seeking maintenance-and-operation levy approvals. Both the Spokane Valley Fire Department and Fire District 9 more than cleared the 60-percent supermajority threshold for confirmation with 67.59 and 68.35 percent, respectively.
Democrat Daryl Romeyn kept his lead over a pair of Republicans, Shelly O’Quinn and Rob Chase, in the Spokane County Commissioner District 2 race. Romeyn will finish with 39.95 percent of the vote to O’Quinn’s 36.86 and Chase’s 23.98. O’Quinn will move on to face Romeyn in the November election.
In the District 1 race for county commissioner, Republican incumbent Todd Mielke increased his initial lead over former commissioner and Democrat John Roskelley from 55 percent to 57.83 percent. Both candidates advance to the Nov. 6 general election.
Commissioner races were only voted on per district in the primary. In the general election, voters throughout the Spokane County will cast ballots.
Matt Shea, Republican incumbent representative in Spokane Valley’s Legislative District 4, also increased his lead from 57 percent to nearly 60 percent over Democratic challenger Amy Biviano. The race will ultimately be decided in November.
Democrat Rich Cowan maintains his 36 percent of the vote against 5th District congressional incumbent and Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers. She will face Cowan in the general election as other candidates, Ian Moody and Randall Yearout, are eliminated.
Ballots for the general election will be mailed out on Oct. 19.