Election 2019

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Today on Inland Journal (6 pm, KSFC), we spend an hour with the candidates for Spokane mayor. David Condon is leaving office, as mandated by the city charter, after two terms, and five people are in the running to replace him.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we focus on a ballot measure submitted by the Spokane County Library District for the August 6 primary election. The district wants to adjust the level of the property tax levy that provides most of its funding. The district operates 11 libraries outside of the cities of Spokane and Liberty Lake, including two in Spokane Valley, and one each in Airway Heights, Cheney, Medical Lake and Deer Park.

Patrick Roewe is the district’s executive director.

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.

Nadine Woodward

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, our last mayoral candidate interview. Nadine Woodward has been part of our lives for the last 30 years as a television news broadcaster, first for KREM and later for KXLY. A few months ago, she retired from the news business and made the decision to enter politics. She sat down recently with Steve Jackson to talk about the issues she’s talking about as she campaigns.

Shawn Poole

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, for the last two weeks or so, we’ve featured interviews with candidates for Spokane city council. Now we’re back to the mayor’s race. Steve Jackson has talked with candidates Kelly Cruz, Jonathan Bingle and Ben Stuckart. You can hear their full interviews at the Spokane Public Radio website. Over our next two programs, we’ll hear from the final two candidates in the race. On Friday, Nadine Woodward and today, Shawn Poole.

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.

Karen Stratton

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we continue our conversations with candidates running for Spokane city council in the Northwest district. Karen Stratton holds the seat and we’ll talk with her about her accomplishments she considers most important. We’ll also quiz her about issues such as homelessness and a possible new county jail about which we’ve been asking the other candidates.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we turn our attention to the candidates running for city council from Spokane’s Northwest district. The seat is held by Karen Stratton and she’s running for re-election. She has five challengers. As of now, we’ve interviewed four of them. We’ll talk with Stratton tomorrow. Today we’ll hear from one of the challengers, Christopher Savage. Savage is a Lyft driver who lives on the Five Mile Prairie.

Louis Lefebvre

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we near the end of our conversations with the seven candidates running for a Spokane city council seat in the Northeast district, the seat now held by Mike Fagan. Fagan is running for council president, so this will be an open seat.

We talk with Louis Lefebvre. Lefebvre works as an emergency dispatcher in the combined Spokane city/county emergency system. He will soon his job, as he will tell us, and that played into his decision to run for city council.

Michael Cathcart

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we continue to work our way down the list of seven candidates who want to replace Mike Fagan on the Spokane city council, representing the Northeast district. Last week, we talked with four of the candidates. Now we turn to Michael Cathcart. Cathcart has worked for the Spokane Home Builders Association. He’s also a political consultant for local candidates.

Naghmana Sherazi

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we present our fourth interview with the candidates who are running for an open Spokane city council seat in the Northeast district. There are seven of them. We’ve met Tim Benn, Krys Brown and Doug Salter. Today, our guest is Naghmana Sherazi. 

Doug Salter

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we continue with our series of interviews with the seven candidates who are running for an open Spokane city council seat in the Northeast district. We’ve met Tim Benn and Krys Brown. Today, we talk with Doug Salter. Salter is a bus driver in the West Valley School District.

Courtesy of Krys Brown

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we interview the second candidate out of seven who are running for an open Spokane city council seat in the Northeast district. We meet Krys Brown. She works at Anna Ogden Hall, the shelter and recovery center for women and children, operated by the Union Gospel Mission.

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.

City of Spokane/Ben Stuckart

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, Steve Jackson has the third in a series of interviews with Spokane mayoral candidates. He’ll talk with city council president Ben Stuckart.

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