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Fri., July 31, 2009, 12:31 p.m.

Council Candidates Duke it out…

Photo Source: George Sands (George Sands / The Spokesman-Review)
Photo Source: George Sands (George Sands / The Spokesman-Review)

Good morning, Netizens...

[Picture Courtesy of George Sands]

What is it about Spokane politics where election campaigns more-closely resemble half-hearted brawls at the neighborhood taverns than election campaigns? Although I must admit we have never seen a truly knock-down-drag-out fistfight between contentious candidates, I also wonder would such an event show the voters some of the character of the candidates? Would we pick the guy who pulled several sucker punches and won because of it, or would we pick the guy who fought a clean fight, no dirty tricks, and won?

Then we enter the arena where the candidates for City Council gather together in front of the public, which was also broadcast on Cable Channel 5. For a link go to and follow the links to the City Council Candidates Forum.

The real battle of the titans, however, took place during the debate between candidates wishing to represent the South Hill, when David Elton and Steve Eugster got their light sabers crossed somewhat. What a pair these two make! Eugster recently had his license to practice law suspended and David Elton is facing felony harassment charges which prevents him from attending City Council meetings, not to mention he has probably been taken off Council President Joe Shogan's Christmas Card list for the foreseeable future.

Now we have the battle moving into the war of the websites, as Eugster has posted several of Elton's e-mailed comments on his website, asking if Elton has an Oedipus complex, then posting a series of e-mail comments between he and Elton.

What is even more interesting is that the Spokesman-Review has endorsed Steve Eugster and Mike Allen for City Council for District 2, Position 2.


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