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Ben Stuckart enters race for Spokane City Council president

City Councilman Steve Corker has a challenger to his bid to become Spokane City Council president.

Ben Stuckart, executive director for Communities in Schools of Spokane County, said this week that he will run for the office.

Stuckart's announcement isn't much of surprise. He confirmed last month that he was strongly considering a run.

Former City Councilman Steve Eugster filed paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission in 2009 indicating he would run for council president this year, but Eugster said late last year that he had changed his mind about running.

So here's a review so far of the 2011 Spokane races:

Mayor:

Mary Verner: Running

Christopher W. Fenton: Running

David Condon: Seriously considering a run

Nadine Woodward: Not ruling out a run, though not seriously considering it

City Council president:

Steve Corker: Running

Ben Stuckart: Running

Steve Eugster: Not running

City Council seat representing northwest Spokane:

Steve Salvatori: Running

City Council seat representing northeast Spokane:

Donna McKereghan: Running

John Waite: Running

City Council seat representing south Spokane:

Richard Rush: Running

Mike Allen: Running

Stuckart, spokesman for Children’s Investment Fund, considering challenge to Corker

A battle may be shaping up to take over for City Council President Joe Shogan.

Ben Stuckart, executive director for Communities in Schools of Spokane County, said Wednesday that he is “strongly considering” a run for Spokane City Council president.

City Councilman Steve Corker announced last year that he is a candidate to replace Shogan, who is not running again.

Last year, Stuckart was the spokesman for the unsuccessful campaign for the Children's Investment Fund,  a proposed property tax for youth programs aimed at lowering the dropout rate.

Stuckart, 39, said he will make a decision about running by March 1. He is the former regional manager for TicketsWest and was hired in 2007 to start the Communities in Schools' Spokane office. Stuckart lives in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood on the South Hill.

(Photo information: Ben Stuckart, director of Communities in Schools, stands in his small office in Spokane Thursday, Mar. 4, 2010. By Jesse Tinsley.)

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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.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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