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Old adversaries, new challenger square off in county commissioner race

Candidates answer questions about district that includes Cheney, Medical Lake, Airway Heights and parts of city of Spokane


Candidates in the Aug. 5 primary for Spokane County District 3 Commissioner are left to right: Al French, Bonnie Mager and Mary Lou Johnson.

The primary race for the Spokane County Commissioner District 3 seat pits two adversaries from the last time the seat was contested in 2010 along with a relative political newcomer.

Current incumbent commissioner Republican Al French narrowly defeated then incumbent Democrat Bonnie Mager by 2,714 votes in the November General Election that featured accusations from both camps regarding residency in the district and payment of property taxes. Both are squaring off again, with Mager running as an Independent.

The Democratic candidate, Mary Lou Johnson, is running for public elected office for...

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