Spokane County Candidate Questionnaire

The member organizations of Smart Justice Spokane and the SCAR Platform for Change coalitions asked all candidates in Spokane County to respond to 20 questions about racial justice, policing, housing, incarceration, services, and community, so that we could share their responses with Spokane County voters.

Spokane County Commissioner candidates

No response from other candidates for County Commissioner positions: Josh Kerns, Mary Kuney, Paul Brian Noble, Wild Bill Schreiner

Spokane County Prosecutor candidates

Spokane County District Court Judge candidates

No response from Judge candidates for other District Court positions: Patricia Connolly Walker, Eric Dooyema, Jennifer Fassbender, Patrick Johnson, Richard M. Leland, Aimee Maurer, Jeffrey Smith, Jenny Zappone

State Representative candidates

No response from other candidates for Legislative Districts: Rob Chase, Leonard Christian, Mary Dye, Joel Kretz, Mike Volz, Joe Schmick

State Senator candidates

  • Legislative District 6: Jeff Holy – no response
  • Legislative District 7: Shelly Short – no response

Spokane County Sheriff candidates

  • Sheriff candidate: Wade Nelson – no response
  • Sheriff candidate: John Nowels – no response

Our thanks to those who responded.

Smart Justice Spokane

Smart Justice Spokane is a broad coalition of over 30 organizations working together to end mass incarceration and eliminate racial disparities in our local criminal justice system. We organize and mobilize together for effective, restorative solutions that are driven by the experiences and needs of those impacted by the criminal justice system. The recovery and integration of those caught up in the criminal justice process is essential for a strong, healthy, and just community.

Learn more and connect with SJS member organizations:

ACLU of Washington · All Saints Lutheran Church · Carl Maxey Center · Chihak & Associates – Disability Attorneys · Disability Rights Washington · Community Building Foundation · Community-Minded Enterprises · Freedom Project East · Fuse Washington · Fulcrum Institute Dispute Resolution Clinic · Greater Spokane Progress · I Did The Time / Revive Center for Returning Citizens · KYRS Thin Air Community Radio · League of Women Voters Spokane Area · Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center · NAMI Spokane – National Alliance on Mental Illness · Neighborhood Alliance of Spokane · Northwest Fair Housing Alliance · Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane · River Warrior Society · SEIU Healthcare 775 NW · Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund · Spokane Branch Unit 1137 NAACP · Spokane Community Against Racism · Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium · Spokane Tribe of Indians · Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane · University Legal Assistance, Gonzaga Law School · Washington Community Action Network · Washington Education Association, Eastern Washington · Washington State Council of City & County Employees – Local 270 AFSCME

Spokane Community Against Racism

Spokane Community Against Racism (SCAR) Platform for Change is a coalition advancing a vision of systemic change for the Spokane community that embraces a holistic vision of public safety. This vision reexamines what is considered crime, accounts for its root causes, and recognizes that shared prosperity and community care are at the heart of a healthy society.

Learn more and connect with Platform for Change coalition member organizations:

Spokane Community Against Racism (SCAR)APIC SpokaneEastern Washington ProgressivesFaith Leaders and Leaders of ConscienceFUSE WashingtonGreater Spokane ProgressHispanic Business/Professional AssociationHuman Rights Activist Coterie of Spokane (HRAC)Latinos en SpokaneMAC MovementMuslims for Community Action and SupportPeace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS)Planned Parenthood Advocates of Greater Washington and North Idaho ◾ Progressives of Spokane County◾Raiz of Planned ParenthoodRed Skirt SocietySHAWL SocietySmart Justice SpokaneSpectrum Center SpokaneSpokane AllianceSpokane Ministers’ FellowshipTenants Union of Washington State