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The Spokane City Council didn't make the decision to move Jefferson Elementary School, but it's one of the more divisive issues specific to the south district. Here's what the two candidates for the south district, Richard Rush and Mike Allen say about the School Board's vote.
Today, we release the first of several election videos. We'll start with one of the races that didn't have a primary, the Spokane City Council seat representing the South Hill.
Former City Councilman Mike Allen announced last week that he is entering the race to challenge Richard Rush in hopes of once again representing south Spokane.
Allen, a former Eastern Washington University administrator, was named to the council to replace Mary Verner after she was elected mayor in 2007. He lost the seat to Jon Snyder in 2009.
Allen and Rush had worked closely on some issues and were quite friendly when they both served on the council — often carpooling together to council meetings. But Rush endorsed Snyder late in the 2009 campaign, a decision Rush said wasn't personal and that Allen said at the time didn't bother him.
Still, it makes for an interesting race.
Allen, 43, was considered a moderate when he served on the council and was unsuccessful at earning party backing for his 2009 race. He said after he lost that it may not be possible to win a City Council race without the help of Republicans or Democrats. Last year, Allen was elected a Republican Party precinct committee officer.
Jon Snyder continues to lead Mike Allen in the South Spokane Council District race. Latest tally:
We’re about two hours from another drop of election numbers in Spokane County. Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said he expects 8,000 to 10,000 votes to be included in the count. That will leave roughly 30,000 votes left for the rest of the week.
The county received 22,567 ballots in the mail on Wednesday, pushing turnout to 52 percent. McLaughlin said another 500 to 1,000 more could be expected the rest of the week.
As a reporter responsible for my share of embarrassing typos over the years, I am hesitant to point out spelling and grammatical errors in others’ work (especially in a blog that usually isn’t edited before it’s posted).
That said, City Councilman Mike Allen’s campaign flier that arrived in South Hill mailboxes last week has enough grammatical and other errors that the candidate declared himself “disappointed” in the mailer.
Jon Snyder must be smiling with the latest counts from Tuesday’s primary.
What was virtually a tie on election night between him and incumbent Spokane City Councilman Mike Allen has become an easy win for him. Since Tuesday’s count, he has gotten 455 more votes than Allen, putting him ahead by a solid 4 percentage points. Of course, a win doesn’t mean much more than bragging rights since both did well enough to move to the general election.
What’s strange about Snyder’s surge is that since vote-by-mail was instituted a few years ago, Republicans generally have done better in late counts, either because Republicans prefer to hold onto their ballots until election day or because of get-out-the-vote efforts.
Although the City Council race is nonpartisan, Snyder was endorsed by the Democratic Party.
Any theories on Snyder’s strong showing among voters who mailed their ballot late?
Spokane City Councilman Mike Allen has formally entered the race he had formerly said he would enter.
Or is that Allen has formerly entered the race he had formally said he would enter…hmmmm.
Whatever. Allen, who was appointed to the seat that opened on the council when Mary Verner was elected mayor, is going top ask voters to keep him there. He said he would, back in April, when former Councilman Steve Eugster said he was getting into the race.
Allen has what every serious 21st Century candidate must have … a Web site.
To recap the races as they stand now, go inside the blog
The City Council race in South Spokane went from nothing to the potential for “really something” Friday morning as former Councilman Steve Eugster announced he’d run and incumbent Mike Allen said he’d seek the seat to which he was appointed
That sets up a competition between two candidates with “street cred” for the voters but with very different styles.
Eugster, a local attorney and government watchdog, served from 2000-2004, during one of the most contentious periods in city government as it shifted from a city manager form of government to a strong mayor and councilmembers elected by district. There was also that minor controversy known as River Park Square….
He acknowledged there may still be some people with negative opinions about him from that earlier stint on the council, but believes there are far more with positive opinions. And the public may prefer the fireworks of that previous council to the current sessions.
“The ‘Era of Good Feelings’ is putting us all to sleep,’” Eugster said.
Allen, an EWU executive, has served during a much more tranquil time politically, but challenging economically. He wants to win a four-year term to work on a comprehensive plan for city services, revenues and expenses, and a comprehensive strategy for economic development.
Allen, appointed to the seat vacated when Mary Verner became mayor, said he has served notice this week that he was resigning from his job because he plans to run. He’ll make a formal announcement in early May