The Moderate Washingtonian

Outlook on politics and elections in the state of Washington from an overall centrist viewpoint. My views tend to be libertarian in nature, but at the same time are largely nonpartisan.

08 September 2006

Profile: Spokane County Assessor - GOP

In response to my surprise at Brad Stark's coming-out as a Republican (or "Spokane Democrats' best Republican friend"), I felt obligated to cover his primary challenge for Spokane County Assessor. He is primarying GOP incumbent Ralph Baker, who was appointed and retained unopposed in a 2005 special election. Generally, a Republican primary in Spokane County would be an ideological battle if between a centrist like Stark and a conservative like Baker -- and the conservative would probably win. However, given that this office is pretty behind the scenes and that I have gathered from Spokanite acquaintances that Baker has performed the position poorly, I think Stark has a good shot here. His name recognition from the City Council certainly won't hurt, and in his short time in the race he's dominated the fundraising game.

Prediction: Stark Lean


At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ralph Baker has turned out to be a pretty great assessor -- so much so that he's pushing for a new level of transparency. Since only he and his questioner get to see questions/answers submitted to the Spokane County web site, Ralph has built has own:, where he opines on issues of property tax importance to voters and fields complaints, comments, reactions, etc. His sole purpose is to get a community discussion going on issues of note so the citizenry are an informed electorate. Bravo, Ralph! Do check out his site -- you'll find info there that you'd never see on the Spokane County site.

SME, 4:23, 7/10/08


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