Cross country donors for Spokane County Commissioner candidates



Posted on October 18, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:45 AM

SPOKANE--  An incumbent is running against a former commissioner for Spokane County Commissioner. Republican Todd Mielke was first elected in 2004 and Democrat John Roskelley previously served two terms.

Many of the expected contributors showed up on the list of donors, but one may be surprised to see how far away some contributions are coming from

The race for Spokane County Commissioner would give either candidate a third term in total.

Mielke has raised almost $142,000 for the primary and general election. Roskelley has almost $39,000 raised for the same period.

The total number of contributions came close. Mielke has 460 contributors. Roskelley has 393 contributors.

Top contributors for Mielke include his party's state office who donated $40,000. He also received money from Avista, Premera Blue Cross out of Seattle, The Washington State Council for County and City Employees, and The Kalispell Tribal Economic Authority.

Roskelley had few corporate sponsors: Northwest Spokane Pediatrics, The Inland Empire Rail Transit Authority, and The Greater Spokane Democratic Women's Club.

Mielke also had some notable names supporting him including Davenport Hotel owners Kim and Walt Worthy, along with fellow commissioner Al French and Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and his wife.

Both candidates received money from outside our region. Mielke saw donations come from California, Coloardo, Nebraska, and Texas.

Roskelley had contributors in Alaska, California, Minnesota, and New York.

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