Breean Beggs

Breean Beggs

Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs has been diagnosed with cancer, and is taking medical leave from his leadership role on the city council for treatment.

“This June I joined millions of American who have been diagnosed with cancer, and I’m now in the hands of a great medical team, and we’re eradicating it.”

He said he underwent surgery in June to remove a tonsil and will soon undergo radiation treatment.

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A little more than $217 million in federal stimulus will soon be available in the Spokane region, which local leaders say is a gamechanger for economic recovery.

Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs said the city, which is slated to receive about $84 million, could potentially use the funds to make long-term investments to move the entire economy forward.

“This is a historic amount of money,” Beggs said.  

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A bill that would restructure how emergency communication is funded in Spokane County has passed the state House.

The bill is the latest entry into a conflict between Spokane County and the City of Spokane over how the region responds to 911 calls. It was sponsored by Spokane Democrat Marcus Riccelli.

Spokane County’s emergency dispatch services are funded through a 2017 sales tax which created a new organization called Spokane Regional Emergency Communications. That group was designed to consolidate 911 call takers under one agency.

City Of Spokane Surveys Residents About Climate Change

Feb 27, 2020
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A Spokane City Council citizens committee studying climate change has developed a survey for city residents. The results are expected to be used to help the city update its Sustainability and Climate Action Plan.

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The vote count will continue tomorrow [Tuesday] in Spokane County as elections officials work through the last group of ballots.

One question still unanswered is whether the progressive majority on the Spokane City Council will continue to have the numbers needed to override vetoes by the new mayor.

For the last couple of years, six council members have voted as a group with the ability to advance proposals that split the council along ideological lines. And they’ve been able to override Mayor David Condon’s vetoes.

Inland Journal, Nov. 6, 2019: General Election Wrapup

Nov 6, 2019
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Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we put a wrap on the 2019 municipal election for the city of Spokane and some of the other cities in Spokane County. We’ll hear who Spokane’s new mayor will be. We’ll hear about the city council president’s race where there isn’t yet a clear winner, and who will be sitting on the council next year. We’ll also look at results from Spokane Valley.

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

Inland Journal Election Programs This Week

Oct 28, 2019
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SPR's public affairs program, Inland Journal, will feature four one-hour election programs this week, Monday-Thursday at 6 pm on KSFC FM 91.9.

Monday:  Spokane mayoral candidates Ben Stuckart and Nadine Woodward, Spokane City Council president candidates Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle, plus an interview about election changes in Washington with Secretary of State Kim Wyman.

Breean Beggs

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we turn to the Spokane City Council President race. It features Councilman Breean Beggs and businesswoman Cindy Wendle. Both hope to replace the two-term incumbent, Ben Stuckart. We’ll go in alphabetical order. So, today, Steve Jackson will interview Beggs; next time, he’ll talk with Wendle.

Spokane Candidates Discuss Climate Change

Oct 3, 2019
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Spokane’s mayoral and city council candidates have addressed a wide variety of issues during this fall campaign, from homelessness to land use.

On Wednesday evening, the topic of the day was one that some of the candidates don’t even consider a local issue: climate change.

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Candidates for Spokane city office are in high demand these days as civic groups, reporters and others flood them with invitations for forums and interviews.

Tonight [Wednesday], some or all of the candidates will appear at a forum at Gonzaga University, where the topic is climate change.

Tuesday at the Civic Theater, the subject was business and downtown Spokane. The Downtown Spokane Partnership sponsored that two-hour event.


More public officials are now asking Washington state Representative Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) to resign.

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle will run in November for the right to serve as Spokane city council president. The winner will replace Ben Stuckart, who will leave office after two terms.

Today on Inland Journal, we spend an hour with the candidates for Spokane city council president. Ben Stuckart is leaving office, as mandated by the city charter, after two terms, and running for mayor. Four people have filed to replace him.

Breean Beggs

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we go back to the candidate list for Spokane city council president. Steve Jackson has, so far, talked with two of the four candidates whose names will appear on the August 6 primary election ballot: Phillip Tyler and Cindy Wendle. Today, he sits down with Breean Beggs, a current city council member and attorney.

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Spokane City Councilman Breann Beggs has announced he intends to run for city council president next year. SPR's Steve Jackson spoke with Beggs Friday about his qualifications and priorities.

Post-election Inland Journal, November 9, 2017

Nov 9, 2017

This week on Inland Journal:
    ▪    We’ll talk about a possible change in majority in the Washington state Senate, from a mostly Republican coalition to the Democrats. We’ll talk with Sen. Shelly Short (R-Addy), who won re-election, and with Northwest News Network Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins.
    ▪    We’ll talk about the defeat of Proposition 2, the Spokane city initiative that would have fined companies that run uncovered coal and some oil trains through Spokane. Proposition supporter Jim Lee and opponent Michael Cathcart join us.
    ▪    We’ll talk with council members Breean Beggs and Candace Mumm, both of whom were elected to second terms.

Mumm, Burke, Beggs Win Spokane Council Seats

Nov 7, 2017
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Spokane city voters have apparently re-elected two city council members. They’ve also picked a replacement for outgoing Councilmember Amber Waldref.

Inland Journal, Oct. 26, 2017

Oct 26, 2017

Inland Journal for October 26, 2017

This week on Inland Journal:

    ▪    Steve Jackson will introduce us to the candidates running for Spokane City Council in the South district. Breean Beggs is the incumbent; Andy Dunau is the challenger.
    ▪    We’ll also introduce you to the candidates who want to be a judge in Spokane County Superior Court. Tony Hazel was appointed to the bench earlier this year after the death of Judge Sam Cozza. Jocelyn Cook won the right to challenge him.
    ▪    And we’ll talk with Anne Garrels. She’s the former NPR foreign correspondent who spent significant time covering the war in Iraq. She’s also well versed with Russia and has written a book called “Putin’s Russia,” taking us to a major city deep in the Russian heartland. Garrels will join us in Spokane for an event at The Bing on November 15.

Beggs, Dunau Compete for Spokane City Council Seat

Oct 26, 2017
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Breean Beggs is running to retain his South Spokane city council seat; his challenger is Andy Dunau.

Spokane Councilmember Works on Sidewalk Initiative

Sep 21, 2017
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We’ve all run across this situation at least once. You’re walking down a sidewalk in your neighborhood, or someone else’s, and you see the path ahead of you buckled, kind of like a pitched tent, or the concrete is all broken up.

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs is considering a citizen initiative to fix situations like that. He’s eyeing the 2018 general election ballot. 

Inland Journal, August 3, 2017

Aug 3, 2017

Inland Journal for August 3, 2017

    ▪    We’ll recap Tuesday’s primary election in Washington. We’ll talk about which candidates will move on to the November general election and hear from some of the victors.
    ▪    We’ll talk with Luke Mayville, one of the founders of Reclaim Idaho, a group that wants to rebuild the middle class in the Gem State, including making health care more available for affordable for working families.
    ▪    And we’ll profile a new group that calls itself ‘Growing Neighbors’ in Spokane that’s promoting urban gardening and neighbors getting to know each other.

Washington 2017 Primary Election Results

Aug 1, 2017

Spokane city voters have picked the candidates they want on the November ballot.

In the city’s Northwest district, council member Candace Mumm won nearly 54% of the vote and will face Matthew Howes, who claimed 30%,  in November.

In the Northeast district, Kate Burke won the primary with 44%; she’ll face Tim Benn, who finished second with 37%.

In the South district, council member Breean Beggs won nearly 55% of the vote in a four-way race. He’ll face Andy Dunau, who won 24%.

Inland Journal, July 27, 2017

Jul 27, 2017

Inland Journal for July 27, 2017

    ▪    SPR’s Steve Jackson will tell us about the four candidates running for a city council seat in Spokane’s South district. One of those is the incumbent, Breean Beggs. We also interview Tim Benn, one of the candidates in the Northeast district.
    ▪    We visit Gonzaga University, which has been the site this month of a summer language program for more than 400 immigrants and refugees learning to speak English.

Meet Spokane City Council South District Candidates

Jul 27, 2017

Steve Jackson has been talking with the four candidates in the South district race. That’s the seat held by Breean Beggs. Beggs is running for re-election and his three challengers are criticizing him and the current council for the amount of attention they’re giving to issues they feel fall outside of what the council should be working on.

Steve starts with candidate Andy Dunau.
The second candidate in the race is Tony Kiepe.
The third challenger in the race is Bruce Vonada.
The incumbent is Breean Beggs.

We finish with a conversation with Tim Benn, who is running for the council in the Northeast district.

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Spokane’s newest city councilman says he brings experience on a number of levels to his position.