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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. 15, 7:54 a.m. State Senator, Legislative District 04

CandidateVotesPct
Michael Padden (R) 20,019 55%
Jeffrey Baxter (R) 16,378 45%
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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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Verner trailing challenger Condon in early returns

In a surprise comeback, Spokane mayoral hopeful David Condon captured an early lead tonight over incumbent Mary Verner despite trailing by more than 30 points after the summer primary. Read more

Maybe they should go to all-mail elections

This just in from the AP:

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio election board says an employee bit a… Read more

Candidates prepare for results

Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton said she expects only one count of votes tonight.

Results should be released about… Read more

Condon gets second big contribution from state GOP

Mayoral candidate David Condon over the weekend got another big lift from the state Republican Party.

The GOP… Read more

Fagan vs. McKereghan, Introduction

Spokane City Council hopefuls Mike Fagan and Donna McKereghan explain why they think they would be the best next council member to serve District 1, which covers Northeast Spokane. Read more

Family not offended by Condon’s critique of city’s handling of Zehm cases

When David Condon began to publicly criticize Mary Verner's handling of the Otto Zehm case, Verner said Condon's critique… Read more

County GOP endorses - scratch that - recommends Condon, Hession, Allen, Fagan and Salvatori

The Spokane County Republican Party, which has previously declined to endorse candidates running as Republicans against Democrats when they… Read more

Has Condon closed the gap?

It was clear on the evening of Aug. 16 that the race for mayor was Mary Verner's to… Read more

One of 10 city candidates signs pledge not to approve Guild contract without stronger oversight

Only one of the 10 candidates on the ballot next week for Spokane city office agreed to sign a… Read more

The politics of ‘It totally sucks’

Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe declined to comment this week about her “totally sucks”… Read more

Condon campaign donation scrutinized

The state Republican Party gave David Condon’s campaign for mayor $25,000 on Oct. 27. It’s easily the largest contribution to a Spokane candidate this year, and has supporters of Mayor Mary Verner calling foul. Verner’s backers accuse the Condon campaign of skirting campaign finance rules barring contributors from giving more than $800 to a candidate for each election. State parties, however, can give a candidate 80 cents per registered voter. In Spokane, that amounts to more than $110,000. Read more

Salvatori vs. Jones, Introduction

Spokane City Council hopefuls Steve Salvatori and Joy Jones explain why they think they would be the best next council member to serve District 3, which covers Northwest Spokane. Read more

Hession vs. Stuckart, Tab Tax

Former Mayor Dennis Hession and Ben Stuckart, director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County, debate the $20 annual vehicle tab tax that was approved earlier this year. Hession and Stuckart are running for Spokane City Council president. Read more

Hession vs. Stuckart, Public Comment

Former Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession and Ben Stuckart, director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County, explain how they would run meetings differently than Council President Joe Shogan if they are elected council president. Read more

Hession vs. Stuckart, Introduction

Former Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession and Ben Stuckart, director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County, debate why they feel they are the best candidates to be the next Spokane City Council president. Read more

State GOP pours cash into Condon campaign

Spokane mayoral candidate David Condon advertises himself as “nonpartisan” on his signs, but that didn't stop the former aide… Read more

Condon vs. Verner, Downtown Trolley

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and David Condon, former district director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, debate proposal to build a electric bus or trolley system in central Spokane. Condon is challenging Verner’s bid for re-election. Read more

Complaint filed against Spokane Valley candidate

A complaint has been filed with the Washington state Public Disclosure Commission against Spokane Valley City Council candidate Marilyn Cline, alleging that she has been running a home-based business without reporting her income on required candidate filings. Cline has previously denied running a hairdressing business out of her home, saying she only cut the hair of family members and was not paid. Read more

Coalition calls on candidates to take ombudsman pledge

A coalition of organizations including the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane is asking Spokane mayoral and City… Read more

Verner, Condon debate handling of Zehm case

Here's the latest of election video.

Condon: “To find out that the city started to know some of… Read more

Council stance unchanged on Community Bill of Rights

The Spokane City Council took another chance on Monday to critique Proposition 1, the Community Bill of Rights.

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Condon vs. Verner, City Wages

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and David Condon, former district director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, debate the how well the city has negotiated with city unions. Condon is challenging Verner’s bid for re-election. Read more

Condon vs. Verner, Otto Zehm Cases

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and David Condon, former district director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, debate the city’s handling of the Otto Zehm cases. Condon is challenging Verner’s bid for re-election. Read more

Condon to open coffers for TV ad blitz

Spokane voters likely will have plenty of chances in the next few weeks to see David Condon on TV. The candidate who is challenging Spokane Mayor Mary Verner has spent more than $40,000 on TV advertisements, according to campaign filings with the state Public Disclosure Commission. Read more

Independents may hold fate of state Senate seat

Spokane Valley’s 4th Legislative District is so Republican that voters have elected the GOP candidate 38 times in the 40 legislative elections since 1980. So Republican that both candidates in this year’s special state Senate race are Republicans. But as incumbent Jeff Baxter, 51, and former state Rep. Mike Padden, 64, split the GOP vote, it could be independents and Democrats who decide who will fill the final year of the state Senate seat. Read more

Cline, Wick vie to take council position vacated by Gothmann

Candidates Ben Wick and Marilyn Cline are competing to win Spokane Valley City Council position 6 on the November ballot. The seat is being vacated in December with the retirement of longtime Councilman Bill Gothmann, who decided not to run for re-election. Neither candidate has the advantage of being an incumbent, but both survived the August primary election that narrowed the field from four to two. Cline received 41 percent of the vote and Wick 26 percent. The remaining two candidates got just over 16 percent each. Read more

Loberg challenging incumbent Woodard for council position 3

Ballots for the November election are beginning to arrive in mailboxes, making it decision time in the races for Spokane Valley City Council. Current Spokane Valley Councilman Arne Woodard faces challenger Dee Dee Loberg for position 3. Woodard was appointed to the council in April to fill an unexpired term. He previously served on the city’s Planning Commission for a year and has often spoken in favor of minimal zoning. While he was not part of the original “Positive Change” slate of candidates elected to the council in 2009, Woodard is supported by those council members and shares some of the same financial supporters. Read more

Democratic chairman says Verner took ‘high road,’ as former Dem chairman takes to airwaves for Condon

 

Not surprisingly, the campaign of David Condon is taking full… Read more

Hession-Stuckart race is a contrast in styles

Primary election voters in Spokane didn’t seem eager for a change. They gave incumbent Mayor Mary Verner a big victory over her opponents and former Mayor Dennis Hession a first-place win for City Council president as they head to November. Read more

Record donation from Costco

OLYMPIA – In an effort to get voters to end the state’s liquor monopoly, Costco this week made the single-largest political contribution in history – nearly $9 million – to a state ballot campaign. The discount retail giant based in Issaquah, Wash., nearly doubled down on its contributions this year to the Yes on Initiative 1183 campaign. The company had already spent more than $12 million through cash contributions and in-kind services, such as employee time for gathering signatures in less than a month to get the proposal on the Nov. 8 ballot. Read more

Big bucks for booze: Costco donation breaks record

OLYMPIA – In an effort to get voters to end the state's liquor monopoly, Costco this week made the… Read more

District 1 race draws outspoken council critics

After a packed, six-way primary, voters in northeast Spokane have two unconventional choices to fill the Spokane City Council seat that will be vacated at the end of the year by Bob Apple. Both candidates have clashed with City Hall and were probably the biggest critics of existing city leadership among those who ran in the primary. Both have a bankruptcy in their pasts. Both have longtime ties to Northeast Spokane and have led neighborhood councils. Both have the backing of one council member who serves the district. Read more

Carroll challenges incumbent Grafos for Valley Council seat

Ballots for the November election are being mailed at the end of the week, making it decision time in the races for the four Spokane Valley City Council seats up for grabs. In the race for position 2, incumbent Dean Grafos is facing challenger John Carroll. Grafos was elected to the council in 2009 to fill an unexpired term. He was one of five council members elected that year who ran together on a “Positive Change” slate. Their platform was pro-business and anti-SARP (Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan). Since being elected Grafos has spoken repeatedly about the need to be more business friendly, trim the city’s budget and reduce regulation. Read more

Complaint filed against Spokane Valley candidate

A complaint has been filed with the Washington state Public Disclosure Commission against Spokane Valley City Council candidate Marilyn Cline, alleging that she has been running a home-based business without reporting her income on required candidate filings. Cline has previously denied running a hairdressing business out of her home, saying she only cut the hair of family members and was not paid. Read more

McMorris Rodgers isn’t naming GOP favorite — yet

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers smiled, hesitated and then dodged a question that could have earned her plenty of press… Read more