#4ThePeople: Spokane County District 3 Commissioner candidates focus on public safety

SPOKANE, Wash. — “Wild Bill” Schreiner and Josh Kerns both want your vote as county commissioner of District 3, which covers parts of Spokane Valley, Elk, and Deer Park.

Republican Josh Kerns says he will continue to focus on employment, public safety, and community input if re-elected.

“In the last 6 years in my time as a county commissioner, I’ve focused on protecting and growing jobs, prioritizing public safety, bringing new levels of transparency to local government,” Kerns said.

Public safety has been his top priority, and he wants to continue to make Spokane County a safer place.

“It’s time that we really move down that road at seriously making a decision on what a community corrections center or a new jail is going to look at,” he said.

Wild Bill Schreiner has not held a position in office, and currently works for the city of Spokane. He promises more face-time if he becomes county commissioner.

“I understand business, meaning it’s a 24 hour, seven days a week, and these people will be represented, 24 hours, seven days a week,” Schreiner said. “More town hall, I need to know what they want.”

He agrees with Kerns when it comes to supporting the Sheriff’s Office. Though, if elected, he wants to give them more tools, like drone training.

“Easily, we don’t have to people into the subject matter, without them getting a 360 view and understanding where they are,” he said.

Schreiner also supports Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on his efforts to clear Camp Hope, but he wants the opinion of District 3 on how to proceed.

“What’s their position? If it’s not affecting them, it’s okay we’ll go on to what affects them,” Schreiner said.

Kerns was one of the votes that supported a lawsuit to clear Camp Hope.

“The state and the Department of Transportation, Department of Commerce, they’re criticizing local government saying that we care more about optics than action. Well, this is action, this is leadership, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Kerns said.

It’s your vote that will determine which candidate will represent District 3 as Spokane County Commissioner.

READ: #4ThePeople: 4 News Now voter guide for Nov. 8 general election