Election 2019

Coverage of the 2019 Elections in Spokane and around the Inland Northwest region. 

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

Nov 6, 2019
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

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.

Non-City Of Spokane General Election Results

Nov 5, 2019

Non City of Spokane election results (I denotes incumbent)

SPOKANE VALLEY CITY COUNCIL:

Position 2: Brandi Peetz (I) 50% (5,880); Michelle Rasmussen 50% (5,884)

Position 3: Lance Gurel 44%; Arne Woodard (I) 55%

Position 6: Tim Hattenburg 54%; Bo Tucker 45%

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%)

Washington Secretary of State's office

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, just one week out from the November 5 general election, we learn more about changes made this year to Washington’s voting system. They were mandated by the legislature as a way to make the state system more secure. The changes move the state from 39 individual county election systems to one overseen by the state.

A few days ago, Washington’s top election official, Secretary of State Kim Wyman, stopped by our studio to talk about the changes.

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.

Better Spokane

Spokane city voters will decide not only a mayor’s race and four city council races, they’ll also decide two propositions. One of them is designed to improve transparency in one particular area of city government.

Spokane's Prop 2 Would Forbid Local Income Tax

Oct 21, 2019
Better Spokane

Spokane city voters are asked to cast a pre-emptive strike against a local income tax. Proposition 2 appears on the November general election ballot.

Cindy Wendle

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we feature the Spokane City Council President race with businesswoman Cindy Wendle and Councilman Breean Beggs. Both hope to replace the two-term incumbent, Ben Stuckart. We heard last time from Beggs. Today, Steve Jackson talks with Cindy Wendle.

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.

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.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Spokane County elections officials are sending out ballots today and tomorrow [Thursday and Friday] for the November 5 general election.

People can register to vote every day until Election Day.

County Auditor Vicky Dalton says her office is putting a little more than 329,000 ballots in the mail.

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.

Inland Journal, Oct. 16, 2019: Spokane Valley Council Candidate Michelle Rasmussen

Oct 16, 2019
Courtesy Michelle Rasmussen

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, correspondent John Vlahovich introduces us to a new candidate for the Spokane Valley city council, Michelle Rasmussen.

Inland Journal, Oct. 15, 2019: Spokane Valley Council Candidate Brandi Peetz

Oct 15, 2019
Courtesy of Brandi Peetz

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, correspondent John Vlahovich introduces us to one of the candidates for the Spokane Valley city council, Brandi Peetz. Peetz already sits on the council.

Inland Journal, Oct. 14, 2019: Spokane Valley Council Candidate Arne Woodard

Oct 14, 2019
Arne Woodard

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, correspondent John Vlahovich introduces us to a familiar face on the Spokane Valley city council, Arne Woodard.

Inland Journal, Oct. 11, 2019: Spokane Valley Council Candidate Lance Gurel

Oct 11, 2019
Courtesy of Lance Gurel

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, correspondent John Vlahovich introduces us to a new candidate for the Spokane Valley city council, Lance Gurel. Gurel is challenging a longtime incumbent, Arne Woodard, from whom we’ll hear tomorrow.

Inland Journal, Oct. 10, 2019: Spokane Mayoral Candidate Nadine Woodward

Oct 10, 2019
Nadine Woodward campaign

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, the second of two conversations with Spokane’s mayoral candidates. Steve Jackson interviews retired broadcaster Nadine Woodward.

Woodward retired earlier this year after 28 years in television news in Spokane, first at KREM, then at KXLY. Shortly after she retired, she announced her candidacy for mayor.

Inland Journal, Oct. 9, 2019: Spokane Mayoral Candidate Ben Stuckart

Oct 9, 2019
Ben Stuckart campaign

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, the first of two conversations with Spokane’s mayoral candidates. We’ll hear today from City Council President Ben Stuckart.

Inland Journal, Oct. 8, 2019: Spokane Valley Council Candidate Bo Tucker

Oct 8, 2019

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, correspondent John Vlahovich has the next in a series of interviews with the candidates for Spokane Valley city council. Today, he talks with Dr. Bo Tucker. Tucker is one of the two finalists for city council position 6.

Inland Journal, Oct. 7, 2019: Spokane Valley Council Candidate Tim Hattenburg

Oct 7, 2019
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, correspondent John Vlahovich brings us the first of six interviews with the candidates for Spokane Valley city council. Today, he talks with Tim Hattenburg, one of the two finalists in one of three races, for position 6.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

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
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

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.

City of Spokane

Photo by Leona Vander Molen

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

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.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

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.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

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.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

One of the most important issues of Spokane’s 2019 mayoral and city council campaign was the sole focus of a candidate forum Thursday. The four candidates for the two elected positions in Spokane were there to answer questions from a packed house.

A Rundown Of Non-Spokane City Election Results

Aug 7, 2019

Several Spokane County cities and towns have narrowed the fields in local election races.

In Spokane Valley, two city council incumbents are moving on to the November general election. Brandi Peetz will face Michelle Rasmussen in one race. Arne Woodard will face either Lance Gurel or Al Merkel; Gurel’s about two percentage points ahead right now with ballots still to be counted. Tim Hattenburg and Bo Tucker will face off in a third race.

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