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Last updated: Nov. 14, 4:59 p.m. Spokane Mayor, City of Spokane

CandidateVotesPct
David Condon 30,768 52.36%
Mary Verner 27,991 47.64%
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Last updated: Nov. 14, 4:59 p.m. City Council President, City of Spokane

CandidateVotesPct
Ben Stuckart 29,625 53.24%
Dennis Hession 26,024 46.76%
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Last updated: Nov. 14, 4:59 p.m. Spokane County, Measure 1
Spokane County Measure 1 seeks a property tax increase to provide a new regional animal shelter big enough to accommodate the city of Spokane’s request for service. If approved by voters countywide, a property tax levy up to 5.8 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for a maximum of nine years.

OptionVotesPct
Rejected 79,603 56.40%
Approved 61,536 43.60%
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Last updated: Nov. 15, 7:54 a.m. Initiative Measure 1125
This measure would prohibit the use of motor vehicle fund revenue and vehicle toll revenue for non-transportation purposes, and require that road and bridge tolls be set by the legislature and be project-specific.

OptionVotesPct
No 897,220 52.44%
Yes 813,613 47.56%
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Last updated: Nov. 15, 7:54 a.m. Initiative Measure 1183
This measure would close state liquor stores and sell their assets; license private parties to sell and distribute spirits; set license fees based on sales; regulate licensees; and change regulation of wine distribution.

OptionVotesPct
Yes 1,032,478 58.99%
No 717,652 41.01%
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* These percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

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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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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 … Read more

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… Read more

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 o… Read more

Recounts moved to Wednesday

Spokane County Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said this afternoon that sorting ballots for recounting took long… Read more

State turnout for Nov. 8: 53 percent

OLYMPIA — Although Spokane County has some recounting to do, state officials certified the election results Monda… Read more

Recounts start Tuesday

Spokane County election officials expect to start and complete on Tuesday the first two of the three recounts they… Read more

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…. Read more

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 ele… Read more

Wick clinches win

After more than a week of watching votes trickle in, Ben Wick can finally feel comfortable that he has won a position on the Spokane Valley City Council. Wick was ahead by only 20 votes on election night, but he has steadily increased his lead ever since. As of Wednesday night his lead was at 368 votes over Marilyn Cline. He received 10,667 votes to her 10,299. Only 100 votes remain to be counted in all areas of Spokane County and those results will be released by the Spokane County Elections Office on Nov. 28. The election results will be certified on Nov. 29. Read more

Fire departments, districts regroup from failed levies

Fire departments and districts in the Spokane Valley area were taking stock this week and trying to determine how to move forward after levy and bond requests on the November ballot failed. Newman Lake Fire District 13 tried to pass a $2.2 million construction bond to build a new fire station. It received only 48 percent approval. The district’s commissioners held a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the results. “They talked about whether to run it again,” said Fire Chief Keith Yamane. Read more

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

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Area bonds and levies mostly fail

Fire departments and fire districts in the area surrounding Spokane Valley largely came away from the polls with disappointing results as several levy and bond requests failed. The exception was the town of Spangle, population 280 or so, which passed a fire levy and a police levy. Spokane County Fire District 13 in Newman Lake asked for a $2.2 million construction bond to build a new station to replace one that is old, too small and doesn’t meet current building codes. As of Tuesday night it had received 47.7 percent yes votes. The measure requires a 60 percent supermajority to pass. Read more

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 f… Read more

Why Verner lost: Part 1. Water rates

Condon correctly predicted outrage was coming on water rates. Even before summer bills were mailed, he began attac… Read more

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.” Read more

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 … Read more

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 counti… Read more

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 b… Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Area bonds and levies mostly fail

Fire departments and fire districts in the area surrounding Spokane Valley largely came away from the polls with disappointing results this week as several levy and bond requests failed. The exception was the town of Spangle, population 280 or so, which passed a fire levy and a police levy. Spokane County Fire District 13 in Newman Lake asked for a $2.2 million construction bond to build a new station to replace one that is old, too small and doesn’t meet current building codes. As of Friday morning it had received just 47.95 percent yes votes. The measure requires a 60 percent supermajority to pass. Read more

It’s now Spokane Mayor-Elect Condon

David Condon, the former deputy chief of staff of Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, claimed enough votes on Thursday to make any last-minute, shocking comeback by Mayor Mary Verner unrealistic. Read more

Incumbents slide, try to explain shift

Many of those elected Tuesday to serve in Spokane City Hall were the most outspoken ahead of the election that Proposition 1 would doom the economy. But the same electorate that chose those candidates also decided to give Proposition 1 – the Community Bill of Rights – a fighting chance. The ballot measure is still too close to call, although it lost ground in counting on Wednesday. Read more

Doug Clark: Thank Mayor Bair for the one-term curse

Now comes that post-election moment for rationally minded pundits to scientifically pick apart how David Condon, a political upstart, made up a Goliath-size disadvantage to knock off a sitting Spokane mayor Tuesday night. Remember the August primary? Read more

‘Positive’ group close to control of Valley council

A group of people unhappy with the status quo who ran together on a “Positive Change” slate in the 2009 Spokane Valley City elections are a single seat away from total control of the council after Tuesday’s election. One race is still too close to call. Election night totals showed Ben Wick 20 votes ahead of Marilyn Cline in the race to replace Councilman Bill Gothmann. “It is a very tight margin,” Wick said. “It could go either way.” Read more

Condon’s lead holds in second ballot count

Challenger David Condon’s lead over incumbent Spokane Mayor Mary Verner is holding in the latest ballot count released this evening. Read more

Verner tells KXLY radio that Zehm, water rate campaign issues ‘don’t have a lot of substance’

Mayor Mary Verner’s interview last night with Mike Fitzsimmons on KXLY 920 AM has been making the rounds on Twitte… Read more

Verner remains hopeful, but her chances are dim

Here’s are Verner’s statements to her supporters and repoters last night. The Spokane County Elections Office ha… Read more

Mapping the election: Why Condon’s ahead

A look at the precinct breakdown for the City of Spokane Mayor’s race shows that incumbent Mary Verner carried the… Read more

Washington votes to expand caregiver training again

Long-term care workers will get more training and face stiffer background checks under an initiative approved by voters. Read more

Sprague will stay one-way in the Valley

The first numbers are in for Spokane Valley. Proposition 1, which would have changed Sprague and Appleway back to two-way streets, is losing with an overwhelming 82 percent no vote. Read more

Liquor initiative passes with widespread support

Washington voters have approved a plan to privatize liquor sales, siding with Costco in the costliest initiative campaign in state history. Read more