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Doug Clark: Hopefully, Condon won’t stop the insanity

First real day on the job and Mayor David Condon makes noises about fulfilling his campaign promise to restore the public’s faith in the Spokane Police Department. Folks, I’m worried.

Spokane’s new mayor takes the reins

Now all David Condon has to do is wait. After a year of researching, campaigning, debating and fundraising in what some thought was a long-shot bid to become mayor of the second-largest city in Washington, Condon took the final step required by law to take office. He took the oath to become Spokane’s 44th mayor Friday morning in a short ceremony in front of the Clocktower at Riverfront Park.

Clark: Council’s last gasp evokes past pungent pranks

I’d like to extend rare Clark kudos to lame-duck Spokane City Council members for adhering to that tried-and-true American tradition of screwing over the incoming political opponents. This sort of sour-grapesmanship dates back to our Founding Fathers, when President John Adams left the presidential bed short-sheeted for Thomas Jefferson.

Rush concedes race to Allen, calls off hand recount

Spokane City Councilman Richard Rush said this afternoon that he has decided against paying for a hand recount in his race against Mike Allen. Rush said after further consideration of the results of the machiine recount, as well as the hand recount that was completed…

Read the complete list of Condon’s transition team

Mayor-elect David Condon tonight released the names of about 80 people who will serve on five committees that make up his transition team. Here are the names, pretty much cut and paste from the announcement (except a couple spelling fixes): Public Safety Captain, Nancy Isserlis;…

Allen wins second count, but a third awaits

Former Councilman Mike Allen’s lead over incumbent Richard Rush grew by three to 91 on Wednesday after a recount of the Spokane City Council election for the city’s south district. The race was recounted by machine because the result from the first count was within…

Recounts moved to Wednesday

Spokane County Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said this afternoon that sorting ballots for recounting took longer than expected. Therefore, the Spokane City Council recount between Richard Rush and Mike Allen and the 4th Legislative District Senate race between Jeff Baxter and Mike Padden won’t start…

State turnout for Nov. 8: 53 percent

OLYMPIA — Although Spokane County has some recounting to do, state officials certified the election results Monday for the Nov. 8 election. Anyone paying any attention knows how things came out: Initiative 1183, that gets the state out of the liquor business, passed big time….

Recounts start Tuesday

Spokane County election officials expect to start and complete on Tuesday the first two of the three recounts they need to complete to finish work from the November election. Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said the office plans to count the ballots from the Spokane City…

Rush-Allen recount will be done by hand

The final outcome of the City Council race for a seat representing south Spokane won’t be decided until next week. That’s when the Spokane County Election’s Office will recount ballots in a contest so close that state law required a second examination. Former Councilman Mike…

Why Verner lost: Part 3: Otto Zehm

It’s hard to imagine how Mayor Mary Verner could have lost so much ground between the primary and the November election without concerns about the Otto Zehm case eating at her base. With some members of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane expressing…

Why Verner lost: Part 2. A volunteer campaign short on cash

Just before conceding, Mayor Mary Verner published a scathing comment on Facebook about her opponent’s campaign which she said is a “turning point for the way campaigns are conducted in Spokane.” “David Condon’s race for a non-partisan local office was woven into a … larger…

Allen lead over Rush grows by 6

This post has been changed to correct the change in Allen’s lead. The race between Richard Rush and Mike Allen for Rush’s Spokane City Council seat representing the south district remains headed for a recount after the sixth day of counting. Allen’s lead grew by…

Why Verner lost: Part 1. Water rates

Condon correctly predicted outrage was coming on water rates. Even before summer bills were mailed, he began attacking the water rate restructuring. When the bills were opened, he already had defined himself as the candidate who opposed them. On its face, focusing on sewer rate…

Ex-city economic director to lead Condon transition

Spokane Mayor-elect David Condon on Tuesday announced that his transition will be led by the city’s former economic development director, and he promised to oversee an open government. “Obviously, I am very humbled, very, very humbled at the outpouring of support that the voters have shown. I do think that it is a true honor to serve and to be expected to serve as their mayor,” Condon said at a news conference Tuesday at the Second Space Gallery in downtown Spokane. “I’m dedicated to living up to the trust the voters have put within me. The voters clearly want a City Hall that’s open, accountable and responsive.”

Allen-Rush contest now within recount margin

The race between incumbent Councilman Richard Rush and former Councilman Mike Allen for Rush’s south Spokane City Council seat was sent within recount margins by counting on Tuesday. Only 92 votes now separate the two, and if the race remains within a half percentage point,…

Allen and Rush headed for recount? Prop 1 headed for defeat

A race for Spokane City Council inched closer to an automatic recount on Monday in the fourth day of ballot counting from the Nov. 8 election. Former Councilman Mike Allen’s lead over incumbent Richard Rush for a seat representing south Spokane fell by 17 votes…

Verner needs all 2,777 remaining ballots … to tie

Mayor-elect David Condon’s lead over Spokane Mayor Mary Verner grew slightly in counting on Monday. He now leads by 2,777 votes. Coincidentally, that’s the same number of votes left to count in the race.

From rhetoric to reality: Mayor-elect faces challenges

And now comes the hard part: governing. David Condon made a spectacular comeback in his bid to become the mayor of Washington’s second largest city.

Shogan aside draws protest

After years of frustration over Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan’s temper, a majority of council members for the first time this week engaged in a minor protest of Shogan’s behavior during a council meeting. When he leaves office at year’s end, he may be ending his tenure on a sour note.

Spokane Mayor, City of Spokane
Director, Pos. 5, Spokane Public Schools District 81
City Council President, City of Spokane
City Council Northeast seat (District 1), City of Spokane
City Council Northwest seat (District 3), City of Spokane
City Council South seat (District 2), City of Spokane
Council Pos. 2, City of Spokane Valley
Council Pos. 3, City of Spokane Valley
Council Pos. 6, City of Spokane Valley
School Board, Dist. 4, Cheney School District
City Council, Pos. 3, City of Airway Heights
City Council, Pos. 6, City of Airway Heights
City Council, Pos. 7, City of Airway Heights
City Council, Pos. 5, City of Cheney
City Council, Pos. 7, City of Cheney
City Council, Pos. 2, City of Deer Park
Council Pos. 5, City of Liberty Lake
Mayor, City of Liberty Lake
City Council, Pos. 5, City of Medical Lake
City Council Pos. 6, City of Medical Lake
City Council, Pos. 3, City of Millwood
City Council, Pos. 4, City of Millwood
School Board, at large, Deer Park School District
School Board, Dist. 1, Deer Park School District
School Board, Dist. 4, Deer Park School District
School Board, Dist. 5, Freeman School District
State Senator, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley)
School Board, Dist. 5, Liberty School District
School Board, Pos. 3, Nine Mile Falls School District
School Board, Pos. 2, Reardan-Edwall School District
School Board, Pos. 4, Reardan-Edwall School District
Town Council, Pos. 3, Town of Fairfield
Town Council, Pos. 3, Town of Rockford
Town Council, Pos. 5, Town of Spangle
Town Council, Pos. 3, Town of Waverly
Spokane County, Measure 1
Spokane Proposition 1, Community Bill of Rights
Fire Dist. 8 levy
Initiative Measure 1125
Initiative Measure 1163
Initiative Measure 1183
Senate Joint Resolution 8205
Senate Joint Resolution 8206

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