Spokane City Council

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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.

Two Incumbents Lead In Spokane City Council Races

Nov 6, 2019

Two Spokane city council members are ahead after the first round of ballots have been counted. Lori Kinnear has a big lead over her challenger, Tony Kiepe, in the South district race.

In the Northwest, Karen Stratton leads Andy Rathbun by 400 votes out of 13,000 counted in her quest to win a second term.

Spokane City General Election Results

Nov 5, 2019

Spokane City Election Results (I denotes incumbent):

MAYOR: Ben Stuckart 18,432 (47%); Nadine Woodward 20,263 (52%)

CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT: Breean Beggs 18,372 (49%); Cindy Wendle 19,156 (51%)

Karen Stratton

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, the second of our conversations with the two candidates running for Spokane city council in the Northwest district. Today, we talk with the incumbent, Karen Stratton, who’s running for a second term. We talk about issues she’s worked on in her first term, as well as the issues of the campaign, including homelessness, housing and police accountability. We’ll also touch on her personal financial situation, which includes a bankruptcy filing. We start with the issues she thinks are most important to her constituents.

Andy Rathbun

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, the first of our conversations with the two candidates running for Spokane city council in the Northwest district. We talk with retired Air Force navigator Andy Rathbun, who is challenging the incumbent, Karen Stratton. Rathbun originally filed to run for mayor, but changed his mind and decided to run for a council seat instead. We first aired this interview in July.

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Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we’ll hear from the second of two candidates in the race for Spokane city council in the South district. We heard on Thursday from the challenger, Tony Kiepe. Today, we talk with the incumbent, Lori Kinnear, who was first elected in 2015 and is now running for a second term.

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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I’m Doug Nadvornick. Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we move to the first of two candidates in the race for Spokane city council in the South district. The incumbent is Lori Kinnear, who is running for a second term. We’ll hear from her tomorrow. Today, we talk with Tony Kiepe. He’s a health care consultant who’s running for office for the first time.

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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.

Courtesy Michael Cathcart

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we talk with Michael Cathcart. Cathcart is one of the two finalists for a Spokane city council seat in the Northeast district. His opponent is Tim Benn, from whom we heard on Tuesday.

Both men hope to replace Mike Fagan on the council. Fagan is leaving the council because he’s only allowed to serve two terms.

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Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we begin another round of interviews with candidates for Spokane mayor and city council and for the Spokane Valley city council. There are 16 in all and we’ll feature them during the next three weeks.

The next two programs will feature the candidates in Spokane’s Northeast district. That’s an open seat that two-term incumbent Mike Fagan is leaving because of term limits. Today, our guest is Tim Benn.

Spokane Council Races Narrowed To Two Candidates

Aug 7, 2019

There are still thousands of ballots still to be counted, but it appears the November general election match ups are pretty much set in three Spokane city council races.

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, the results from Tuesday’s Spokane County election, including the city of Spokane’s mayor’s race and four city council races.
 
We start with the mayor’s race where retired television newscaster Nadine Woodward won the primary, winning more than 42% of the vote. Second place went to city council president Ben Stuckart, with more than 37%.

Spokane City Councilwoman Lori Kinnear posted a solid showing in Tuesday’s primary election.

The one-term council member won 59% of the vote in a three-way race. She’ll face health care consultant Tony Kiepe in the November general election. He won 23% of the vote.

Minnehaha neighborhood leader Tim Benn is going to face off with political consultant Michael Cathcart for the right to serve on the Spokane city council in the Northeast district.

After the initial results, Benn holds a slight lead in a seven-candidate race. He has 24.7% of the vote; Cathcart ran second at 23.9%. Naghmana Sherazi is running third at about 17%. Positions 4-7 are held by Jerrall Haynes, Doug Salter, Krys Brown and Louis Lefebvre.

Current Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton will have a chance to run for a second term. The primary election voters gave Stratton 48% of the vote in a six-way race.

Ballots Due Tuesday For Washington's Primary Election

Aug 5, 2019

Tomorrow’s [Tuesday’s] primary election in Washington is focused mostly on local races, from city councils to school boards. There are two races where appointed legislators will try to win their seats for full teams.

It’s an unusual election in that major changes approved by the legislature this year are taking effect.

For example, in the past, people who wanted to vote in Washington needed to register at least a month before the election. But now that has all changed.

“Basically now, there are no deadlines," said Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton.

Today on Inland Journal, a special one-hour program with two parts. In the second half hour, Mayor David Condon talks about the city’s criminal justice plans, especially with talks ongoing about a possible new Spokane County jail. And we talk about the state of the city’s infrastructure, with stormwater and streets projects ongoing.

But first, we meet with the three candidates for a city council seat representing south Spokane. Councilwoman Lori Kinnear is running for a second term and she’s challenged by two people.

Today on Inland Journal, we spend an hour with the candidates for a city council seat representing northwest Spokane. Councilwoman Karen Stratton is running for a second term and she’s challenged by five people. We’ll talk with four of them. Ken Side hasn’t answered our requests for an interview.

Today on Inland Journal, we spend an hour with the candidates for a city council seat representing northeast Spokane. Councilman Mike Fagan is leaving office, as mandated by the city charter, after two terms, and seven people are in the running to replace him.

Mike Fagan

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we finish our Spokane city candidate interviews. Steve Jackson talks with one final candidate for Spokane city council president. Mike Fagan is near the end of his second term on the council as a representative from the Northeast district. In addition to his council duties, Fagan is co-director of a political action committee that advocates for lower taxes and hosts a radio talk show.

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.

Cindy Wendle

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we present another interview with a candidate for Spokane city council president. That’s the position that controls the legislative agenda of the city council. There are four candidates whose names will appear on the August 6 primary election ballot. Last time we talked with Phillip Tyler. Today, Steve Jackson meets with Cindy Wendle.

Phillip Tyler

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we enter the homestretch of our conversations with the candidates for Spokane city offices whose names will appear on the August 6 primary election ballot. There are four candidates for council president, the seat now held by Ben Stuckart. Today Steve Jackson will begin our conversations with those candidates. First up, Phillip Tyler.

Jerrall Haynes

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we talk with the seventh and final candidate in the Spokane city council race in the Northeast district. Mike Fagan will be leaving his seat and Jerrall Haynes is among the people who hope to replace him. Haynes has not run for the council before, but he is an elected official. Haynes is the vice chairman of the Spokane school board.

Liz Fleming

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we’ll circle back to a Spokane city council race whose candidates we began talking with a few weeks ago. In the South district, the incumbent, Lori Kinnear, faces two opponents. We heard from her and one of those challengers, Tony Kiepe. Now, we talk with the third candidate in the race, Liz Fleming.

Jeff Rugan

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, the last in our series of conversations with candidates running for Spokane city council in the Northwest district. We’ve heard from the incumbent, Karen Stratton, and from three of her challengers. Today, we meet with a fourth challenger, Jeff Rugan.

Andy Rathbun

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, the next in our series of conversations with candidates running for Spokane city council in the Northwest district. We’ve heard from the incumbent, Karen Stratton, and from challengers Christopher Savage and Jeff Martin. Today, we talk with Andy Rathbun. Rathbun originally filed to run for mayor, but changed his mind and decided to seek a council seat instead.

Jeff Martin

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we continue our conversations with candidates running for Spokane city council in the Northwest district. Last time, we heard from the incumbent, Karen Stratton. We’ve also heard from challenger Christopher Savage. In the next three programs, we hear from more challengers. Today, Jeff Martin.

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