With last week’s primary election eliminating former Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager – who ran as an independent in District 3 – Spokane Valley, along with the rest of the county, will now have the chance to choose between Democrat Mary Lou Johnson and incumbent Al French, a Republican.
French, as of last Friday, maintained a slight lead over Johnson, with 10,766 votes to 10,541. The primary election will not be certified until next Tuesday, after the last few votes are tallied.
Only voters in District 3, which is made up of the western portion of Spokane County, voted in the primary, as per state law. As the third-place finisher, Mager is eliminated from the November general election.
However, there is no telling how the remainder of the county will vote in November. Mager left office as a Democrat four years ago. If her supporters now vote for Johnson, that would give her a boost in the general election. However, much of Spokane County – especially Spokane Valley -- leans Republican.
In another race, incumbent Republican Treasurer Rob Chase maintained his slight lead over Democrat Amy Biviano in the primary to set up their general election showdown.
And Leonard Christian, appointed by county commissioners as 4th District state representative, did not make up ground against Diana Wilhite and Bob McCaslin Jr., who will both go on to the Nov. 4 election. McCaslin leads Wilhite 44 percent to 30 percent.
Voter turnout was just over 35 percent of registered voters, according to the Spokane County Elections Office.