The Spokane Home Builders Association Board of Directors voted last week to endorse retaining Spokane County Commissioner Mary Kuney.
Spokane County voters are faced with electing a majority of its Board of Commissioners in the 2018 election. SHBA endorses retaining appointed Commissioner Mary Kuney to fulfill the term vacated by Shelly O’Quinn in 2017.
Spokane County in the coming years will be faced with significant public policy decisions to accommodate anticipated regional growth including addressing the dwindling inventory of buildable land within the urban growth area (UGA) and protection of water rights for household well users and rural developers.
“Spokane County is at a crossroads of supply and affordability for the local housing market,” said Arthur Whitten, SHBA Government Affairs Director “With permitting activity on the rise, significant opportunities for economic development on the horizon and accompanying anticipated population growth it is crucial that Spokane County retain its current Commissioners to sustain the positive progress being made regionally to protect attainable housing opportunities.”
Commissioner Kuney in her time in office since being appointed in 2017 has on numerous occasions developed strategies to improve the delivery of services to the development community. Her commitment to ease barriers to affordable housing and her involvement in ongoing efforts to incentivize more housing options is to be commended. Voters should retain Commissioner Kuney in this year’s election.
SHBA previously released an endorsement of Commissioner Al French who has been a champion during his time in public service for pro-growth policies that keep the dream of home ownership within reach for Spokane County families. Commissioner French was also a leader in 2017 on Spokane County’s response to the devastating impacts of the State Supreme Court’s Hirst Decision which limited rural development statewide.