Valley voters may have just sent off their presidential primary ballots, but candidates are now set for the August election.
There will be little local action in that regard, however.
While Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn, whose District 2 encompasses the Valley, and 4th District Rep. Matt Shea both attracted a single Democratic challenger apiece, those races won’t be decided until November. That’s because under the state’s top-two primary system, only two candidates with most votes, regardless of party preference, move onto the November general election.
Nancy McLaughlin, Spokane County District 3 commissioner, was appointed to that spot earlier this year. However, it will be only that district’s constituents who will vote in the primary when she faces Republican Josh Kerns and Democrat Candace Mumm. Valley voters will join the rest of the county and elect one of the top-two candidates from the primary election in November.
O’Quinn will face Andrew Biviano, an attorney, in the general election. Shea has been challenged by Scott Stucker of Mead.
Two other 4th District representatives, Rep. Bob McCaslin and Sen. Mike Padden, did not receive challengers.