The Board of County Commissioners unanimously appointed former Spokane City Council Member Nancy McLaughlin to the board to represent District 1.
The seat was vacated at the end January, when then-Commissioner Todd Mielke accepted the job of CEO for Greater Spokane Inc.
The appointment process required that the Spokane County Republican Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) meet and vote for three nominees to fill the vacant elected office. The three selected were Nancy McLaughlin, former state Sen. Jeff Baxter and Josh Kerns, legislative aide to 6th District Rep. Jeff Holy.
In making the nomination, Commissioners Al French and Shelly O’Quinn commented on how all three candidates had thoroughly prepared themselves and were highly qualified.
French said he would follow the will of the local PCOs.
“All three nominees did an outstanding job today, but I must give weight and deference to the process that the party followed and nominate Nancy McLaughlin,” French said. McLaughlin came in first place when the PCOs voted earlier this month.
McLaughlin took the oath of office later that day.
McLaughlin served on the Spokane City Council from 2006 to 2013. She and her husband Dave also own D-Mac Construction, a Spokane business since 1980.