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Spokane’s own Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde …

… At least according to Inlander readers.

Former Mayor Mary Verner took second place in the Inlander's annual reader survey in the category, “best local villain.” That's a tumble for a woman who usually polled well when the Inlander asked readers for their favorite politician.

But she was partially vindicated in the Inlander's survey in the next category, “best local hero.” She took second place. Mayor David Condon didn't make either list.

The reader survey is in this week's Inlander.

In the villain category, Verner finished behind former Spokane Police Officer Karl Thompson, who was convicted by a federal jury of violating Otto Zehm's civil rights about a week before Verner lost her reelection bid.

Here is Verner's response on Facebook. (Or, more accurately, here's the link to all 11 of Verner's responses. So many that Shannon Sullivan, who led the charge to recall Mayor Jim West, posted: “…Enough with the VILLAIN…ok?”)


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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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