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Cindy Wendle Holds Narrow Lead In Race For Council President


Spokane businesswoman Cindy Wendle leads Councilman Breean Beggs by just 800 votes in the race for Spokane City Council president.

Both candidates believe they can still win the race.

Last night, Wendle told SPR that she is looking forward to working with Mayor-elect Nadine Woodward. She says the two did communicate during the campaign.

“We both did encourage each other as female candidates, and as first time candidates in politics, and that kind of back and forth, but we haven’t really talked much about what it’s going to look like if we are both in office,” she said.

Wendle says if she wins, she looks forward to having a dialogue with other council members, and try to put differences aside to find solutions to the city’s problems.

Beggs said he is cautiously optimistic that he can still pull out a victory.

“In the political world we identify people based on their political leanings, and the ones that are coming later are tending to be more progressive, so we’re really hopeful that all these late ballots that have come in are going to put us over the top," he said.

Beggs says he believes the result of the race should be known by Friday. He will continue on the council if he doesn't win this election.

?The next vote count will be released Wednesday at 6 pm.