Election 2018

Coverage of the 2018 Elections in Spokane, throughout the region, and across the country.  Support for SPR Election reporting is provided by Spokane Journal of BusinessExpress Employment Professionals, and SPR members.

Click here for a list of 2018 Election Coverage Special Events

Spokane Public Radio will air several special programs the week of October 15th in advance of the 2018 midterm election.

Jenny Graham

Hear our entire interview with 6th District Republican state House candidate Jenny Graham. 

Timm Ormsby and Dave Lucas

And now to Spokane’s Third Legislative District, where longtime Spokane state legislator Timm Ormsby faces a challenge from south Spokane neighborhood leader Dave Lucas.
Dave Lucas is a retired Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He retired as a lieutenant colonel. In 2013, he and his family moved to Spokane.

“In the Marine Corps, when you move somewhere, as soon as you pull in and the moving trucks start unloading, the neighbors just descend on you with welcoming, gifts, points of contact, suggestions. When I moved in the neighborhood, we didn’t really have that,” Lucas said.

Kay Murano and Mike Volz

Sixth District Republican Representative Mike Volz is running for a second term in Olympia. His day job is as chief deputy treasurer in Spokane County. Even though he’s a financial professional, he says education is the reason he first ran.

“My wife’s a teacher, my dad was a teacher. He was a union rep for public school employees. My mom was a teacher,” Volz said.

Jeff Holy and Jessa Lewis

In Washington's Sixth Legislative District, which covers much of south, west and north Spokane, the incumbent senator, Michael Baumgartner, is vacating his seat to run for Spokane County treasurer. That has set up a state Senate race that features a Spokane state representative and a health care advocate.

Candidate Lisa Brown Courts College Students

Oct 3, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

On Tuesday, when Cathy McMorris Rodgers was welcoming Vice President Mike Pence to Spokane, her opponent was courting college students.

Lisa Brown visited Spokane Falls Community College Tuesday for a noon hour gathering, part of a series of college visits for the former chancellor of Washington State University Spokane.

A year ago this month, Carla Tolle’s 13-year-old grandson Edgar Vazquez was shot and killed by a friend while they played at the friend’s grandfather’s house in Kelso, Washington.

One of the surprise results from the August primary in Spokane County came when a political newcomer, Democrat Robbi Katherine Anthony, defeated longtime incumbent Republican commissioner Al French. Anthony won about 55% of the vote. They’re facing each other again in the general election.

Patrick Johnson

Here's our full interview with Spokane County District Court judicial candidate Patrick Johnson.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Supporters of an initiataive for stricter gun laws brought their campaign to Spokane Saturday.

Initiative 1639 is the third gun control measure sponsored by the Washington non-profit Alliance for Gun Responsibility.