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News Release: Maggie Yates Announces Run for County Commissioner

News Release                                                                           For Immediate Release



(Spokane, WA) – Spokane County’s longest serving Regional Law & Justice Administrator, Maggie Yates, has announced she is running for the Spokane County Commission seat in District 5, the newly created western District of the County

Yates, a Spokane native says, “I am deeply committed to my hometown and excited to meet and respond to the needs of District Five’s hardworking residents. As County Commissioner, I look forward to harnessing our community’s growth to expand prosperity, reduce traffic impacts, and protect our County’s vast environmental resources.  I plan to build bridges with our neighborhoods, cities, businesses, and diverse coalitions to create a safe, healthy, and resilient community for all of us.”

Yates built her career on criminal justice reform designed to improve outcomes, enhance safety and reduce costs shouldered by taxpayers. Criminal justice expenses take upward of 70 percent of the County’s budget. Yates believes that re-ordering the County’s priorities to focus on positive outcomes for all residents, while improving government transparency and accessibility, is long overdue and will lead to cost-savings that can support other much-needed services.

As Regional Law & Justice Administrator, Yates managed grants, projects, and committees devoted to ensuring a safe, efficient, and equitable local justice system. In 2018 and 2019, she led the Justice Task Force, bringing together officials from the City of Spokane, Spokane County, and City of Spokane Valley, along with service providers, and business and community leaders to study the local justice system and develop a portfolio of recommendations to improve it. She implemented several of these recommendations and others during her tenure at the County, including a Criminal Justice Information Hotline, Intake & Release Center, Remote Court Access, and expanded data analytics.

Yates earned a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law and undergraduate degrees in Cultural Anthropology and International Studies from Macalester College. Before returning home in 2018, Yates worked as a school advocate and investigator with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the MacArthur Justice Center. She also served as an attorney with a legal aid office.

Yates says, “For years our community has faced unresolved challenges such as affordable housing, mounting traffic, and clean water access on the West Plains. It is time to start solving problems. It is time for effective government. With strategic, collective thinking, and better use of local tax dollars, I’m confident we can create a vibrant future for all of Spokane County.”

This is the first year County Commissioners will be elected on a district basis. District 5 includes parts of the upper south hill, Airway Heights, Cheney, Medical Lake, and northwestern sections of the County.

Yates’s endorsements include former state legislator Lisa Brown, City Council President Breean Beggs, City Council Member Lori Kinnear, Former City Council Member Candace Mumm, and School Board Vice President Nikki Lockwood.


Contact: Maggie Yates – 509-508-1501 –


Friends of Maggie Yates (D) – PO Box 8505 – Spokane, WA – 99203


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