Tim Benn

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.

Inland Journal Election Programs This Week

Oct 28, 2019
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

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.

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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%.

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.

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.

Tim Benn

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we start a series of interviews with the candidates for the Spokane city council in the Northeast district.

Tim Benn and his family live in the Minnehaha neighborhood. Benn is a former candidate for the state legislature and it’s his second run for council. Two years ago, he lost in the general election to current council member Kate Burke.

Inland Journal, Oct. 12, 2017

Oct 12, 2017

This week on Inland Journal:

    ▪    We’ll profile the two candidates running for what will be an open seat on the Spokane City Council. We’ll meet with Tim Benn and Kate Burke, who are on the ballot in the Northeast district.
    ▪    Most odd-year elections are devoted to local candidates and issues, but this year, there are a few state legislative races that could have a real impact. The balance of the Washington state Senate could reverse with a change of just one seat. The Senate seat in the Seventh Legislative District is up for grabs this year and, while it isn’t expected to change hands, the potential is there. We’ll talk with the incumbent, Republican Shelly Short, and her Democratic challenger, Karen Hardy.
    ▪    We’ll also feature the candidate in the Seventh District House race, Republican Jacquelin Maycumber and Democratic Susan Swanson. Maycumber is the incumbent.

Day Care Owner Seeks Spokane City Council Seat

Oct 12, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

It’s election season and over our next few programs, we’ll feature candidates and measures that are appearing on Washington’s November 7 general election ballot. Those ballots should be in the mail sometime next week.

The Spokane City Council will see at least one new face in January as Amber Waldref moves off of the council due to term limits. She will be replaced in her Northeast district by either Tim Benn or Kate Burke. Though it’s a non-partisan race, Burke leans progressive and Benn is more conservative. Burke won 45% of the vote in the August primary, Benn about 37%.

We met Tim Benn at his family business, a licensed day care center he and his wife have operated in the Minnehaha neighborhood for 17  years.

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.

To use a sports analogy, the match-ups are set for Washington’s 2017 general election. Voters this week narrowed the field of candidates in the primary election, setting up some interesting races for local offices.

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 candidate Tim Benn

Jul 27, 2017

Tim Benn is running for the council in the Northeast district. Last week we heard from his opponents, Kathryn Alexander and Kate Burke. Benn and his wife have run a daycare center in the district for 17 years.