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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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No lie: They’re in the mail

General election ballots for Spokane County began hitting the post office today. County elections is mailing a total of 265,768 ballots to registered voters. They started today and will finish on Thursday. That means if you don’t get a ballot by next Friday, Oct. 28,… Read more

Allen, Rush support more street funding, but differ on specifics

Here is what likely will be the last of the videos featuring the City Council race between Richard Rush and Mike Allen. They debate if the city should go for a new 10-year street bond and if the city should consider creating fees for streets… Read more

Candidates for council District 3 talk jobs

The race to represent Northwest Spokane has turned into one about priorities. Is the top priority jobs, as Steve Salvatori argues, or is jobs one of many priorities, as Joy Jones says? Read more

Salvatori, Jones outline differences

Candidates for Spokane City Council responded to 20 questions from The Spokesman-Review soon after filing to run for office. Because only two candidates filed to run for the Northwest seat, there wasn’t a primary and none of the responses given by Steve Salvatori and Joy Jones ran in the print edition until today. To read more questions and responses, go to The Spokesman-Review’s Election Center at spokesman.com/elections. Read more

Allen vs. Rush, Street taxes

City Councilman Richard Rush and former City Councilman Mike Allen debate the $20 vehicle tab tax and possible creation of a street utility tax. Allen is challenging Rush’s bid for re-election for his seat representing South Spokane. Read more

During KSPS debate, Rush questions Allen’s work ethic

NOTE: This post has been corrected from an earlier version to accurately reflect the number of times Allen was recorded absent during Spokane Employees’ Retirement System board meeting. An earlier version was incorrect because of a reporter error. Before tonight’s KSPS candidates debate was filmed… Read more

Verner’s message on water rates sounding more like Condon’s

The second video on the mayoral race features one of the hottest topics: water rates. Since this was filmed, Verner announced that she would float a new water rate proposal to City Council before the end of the year. City Council President Joe Shogan already… Read more

Rush, Allen lock horns

As a member of the Spokane City Council, Richard Rush hasn’t been afraid of controversy. He led the charge to create the city’s new controversial water rates, and while others are backpedaling, Rush has stood firm. He says reverting to a flatter rate structure proposed by critics likely would mean most water customers will be forced to pay more. Read more

City Council seat rivals weigh in on issues

Candidates for Spokane City Council responded to 20 questions from The Spokesman-Review soon after filing to run for the office. Because only two candidates filed to run for the south seat, there wasn’t a primary and none of the responses given by Richard Rush and Mike Allen ran in the print edition until today. To read candidates’ responses to all the questions, head to The Spokesman-Review’s Election Center at spokesman.com/election. Read more

Allen vs. Rush, Red Light Cameras

City Councilman Richard Rush and former City Councilman Mike Allen debate red light cameras. Allen is challenging Rush’s bid for re-election for his seat representing South Spokane. Read more

Condon vs. Verner, Water Rates

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and David Condon, former district director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, debate the city’s new water rate structure, which decreases rates on those who use less and increase rates on those who use more. Condon is challenging Verner’s bid for re-election. Read more

Scaled-back Bill of Rights still packs in issues

Much is different and much is the same in Envision Spokane’s second attempt to get voters to approve a version of its Community Bill of Rights. Its proposal on the November ballot is significantly scaled down. Instead of the nine rights the group floated in its failed 2009 citizen initiative, this list only includes four. Read more

Mayor’s race highlights water, police choices

If the results of the August primary are any sign, Spokane voters liked what they saw from Mary Verner during her first 45 months in office. Characterizing herself as even-keel in turbulent times, she nearly doubled the vote total of second-place finisher David Condon, a former congressional aide to Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.  Read more

Budget boasts don’t reflect spending

Claim: Several candidates for Spokane Valley City Council have stated repeatedly that the council that’s been dominated by the Positive Change slate of candidates has reduced budget growth of 7 percent per year to 1 percent or less. Councilman Dean Grafos has made that claim in nearly every one of his re-election campaign ads. Read more

Rush and Allen differ on decision to move Jefferson

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… Read more

Rush, Allen debate eliminating city departments

Here’s part three of our election video series. Read more

I-1183 aims to end state monopoly on liquor

OLYMPIA – There may be a feeling of been there, done that on this year’s ballot. With Initiative 1183, voters might even be thinking “didn’t we do that twice, just last year?” There are some similarities between I-1183 and the two unsuccessful initiatives to end the state’s monopoly on liquor sales last year. All involve ending the state’s monopoly on liquor sales. Read more

Condon vs. Verner, Intro

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and former Congressional aide David Condon make their case for the November election. Read more

Rush, Allen debate water rates

Here’s part two of our video series on race between Richard Rush and Mike Allen. Read more

Condon questions decision to send city utility drivers to ‘green driver’ training

David Condon, who is challenging Spokane Mayor Mary Verner in her bid for reelection, criticized Verner’s speech to City Council on Monday for not mentioning new water rates or the “tragic loss of confidence in our police and legal authorities.” “Overall, the Mayor told a… Read more

Allen and Rush critique Rush and Allen

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. Read more

Easy to be frightened by such eerie electioneering

This time of year is such a creepfest. The ghouls. The goblins. Read more

Allen vs. Rush, Intro

City Councilman Richard Rush and former City Councilman Mike Allen critique each other’s work on City Council. Allen is challenging Rush’s bid for re-election for his seat representing South Spokane. Read more

Allen vs. Rush, Water Rates

City Councilman Richard Rush and former City Councilman Mike Allen debate the city’s new water rate structure. Allen is challenging Rush’s bid for re-election for his seat representing South Spokane. Read more

Allen vs. Rush, Budget Cuts

City Councilman Richard Rush and former City Councilman Mike Allen debate budget cuts. Allen is challenging Rush’s bid for re-election for his seat representing South Spokane. Read more

Allen vs. Rush, Jefferson School

City Councilman Richard Rush and former City Councilman Mike Allen debate the relocation of Jefferson Elementary School. Allen is challenging Rush’s bid for re-election for his seat representing South Spokane. Read more

Billboard sponsor unidentified

The person who paid for five billboards criticizing the Spokane City Council and Mayor Mary Verner for their decisions on water rates plans to remain anonymous. Five billboards were erected about a week ago and will stay up through October, said Tom Townsend, general manager of Emerald Outdoor Advertising. Read more

Spokane Valley City Council candidates address chamber

Spokane Valley City Council opponents Dean Grafos and John Carroll had a few pointed words for each other during a candidate debate at CenterPlace last week, but the other candidates for office agreed more than they disagreed. The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted the debate and invited audience members to write down questions for the candidates. Most of the questions asked focused on the city’s budget, how to attract more businesses to Sprague Avenue and economic development. Read more

Cline operates home business, neighbor says

A neighbor is alleging that Spokane Valley City Council candidate Marilyn Cline has been running a home business without declaring the income on required campaign disclosures. Every candidate for public office is required to file a personal financial affairs statement with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission listing every source of their income as well as the candidate’s assets. Cline listed her husband’s salary as manager at A to Z Rentals and his Social Security income on her financial affairs statement. When interviewed earlier this year, Cline, 66, said she used to work as a hairdresser, but quit when her son was born. Read more

Mayor renews water rate debate

The long summer debate over water rates in Spokane apparently will extend into the fall. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner this week promised to float a new proposal on water rates even though the City Council already adopted fees for 2012 that Verner declined to veto. Read more

Condon revises water rate ad

Mayoral candidate David Condon has released a new version of a campaign ad attacking Mayor Mary Verner for water rates. Condon said in an email that changes were made based on a truth-test article about the ad that ran in Saturday’s Spokesman-Review. A quick review… Read more

Mayoral candidates focus on differences

One of the first debates between the two candidates for Spokane mayor – incumbent Mary Verner and challenger David Condon – focused on style. Condon promised to take charge of the bureaucracy. Read more

Verner, Condon clash in Rotary debate over style

One of the first mayoral debates between Mayor Mary Verner and her November election opponent David Condon was at its core a focus on style. Condon promised to take charge of the bureaucracy. “It’s a question of leadership,” he said. “The mayor has to be… Read more

Spokane debate season in bloom; Verner, Condon will debate twice on Thursday

Spokane candidates will give their pitch for city office at two debates on Thursday. The League of Women Voters will hold candidate debates for mayor, City Council president and for each of the three City Council seats on the November ballot. The group also will… Read more

Condon ad takes aim at water rates

Fresh off the Spokane City Council’s decision to raise water rates for next year, Spokane mayoral candidate David Condon released a new commercial this week attacking that decision. The ad so far is running only on YouTube, but he said it likely will hit TV airwaves as the election draws closer. Read more