Spokane County’s newest commissioner found herself in court last week, but the experience was nothing less than positive.
Republican Shelly O’Quinn – who defeated Democrat Daryl Romeyn in the November general election – was sworn in Dec. 27 by Superior Court Judge Harold Clark in front of friends, family and future colleagues.
O’Quinn, 37, will replace two-term District 2 Commissioner Mark Richard, who chose not to run for office again. She joins fellow Republicans Al French and Todd Mielke.
O’Quinn promised to work toward promoting business and economic development during her campaign.
“I will ensure that our county’s policies and administrative functions place the highest value on accommodating economic activity – and this means, among other imperatives, respecting and protecting private property rights,” she said in July.
O’Quinn unsuccessfully ran for a 6th District representative seat in 2010.
O’Quinn, a longtime Spokane Valley resident, lives in the Ponderosa neighborhood with her husband and two children. She is the director of education and workforce development for Greater Spokane Inc.
She is a graduate of Central Valley High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University in business and accounting. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.