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Going for a walk with 45,000 folks

If you saw Mayor Mary Verner on the Bloomsday course and wondered what her time was, don’t bother checking the race site or the newly published tabloid.

She’s not in there.

Verner did walk the course with her 7-year-old granddaughter Bariah. But she wasn’t an official participant…She forgot to sign up.

Through a spokeswoman, Verner acknowledged Wednesday that she didn’t register and pay her fee. And no, she didn’t grab a T-shirt at the end, either.

She said she’d promised a while back to push Bariah in a stroller, then “suddenly it was the weekend and she realized she hadn’t signed up.” Marlene Feist related.

Verner reportedly thought about not doing the race, but a promise is a promise. They went down and joined some friends who were walking the race. She also reportedly thought about bailing halfway through the race, but stuck it out.

“She went for a walk and just happened to be going the same way as 45,000 other people,” Feist said.

Verner press conference: Taking it to the streets

Mayor Mary Verner must be tired of media events at City Hall.

And who can blame her? Except for the Chase Gallery outside the Council Chambers, it’s a pretty bland environment.

Monday she decided to talk about non-conforming bus benches in front of (wait for it..) non-conforming bus benches.

She picked a pair at Monroe and Indiana.Word is she’d heard the bench seats, which are essentially wooden 2-by-4s, were all broken last week. What better place to  illustrate the problems?

Except that Emerald Outdoor Advertising had fixed the seats in the intervening days. So Verner emphasized that they were on the sidewalk, cutting off space for pedestrians and wheelchairs, and of different designs.

Verner also had to deal with the basic law of press conferences in the wild, which is: Stuff happens…


Today’s fun video: Mayoral rap

Mayor Mary Verner is getting some extra exposure on YouTube from her performance last weekend at RAWK.

We’re thinking she shouldn’t quit her day job. But how would you rate the mayor’s rap?


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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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