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
Age: 59City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: Mayor of Spokane
Education: Graduated from Houston Academy in Dothan, Ala. in 1973. Bachelor’s degree in medical anthropology from Davidson College, 1988. Master’s degree in environmental studies from Yale University, 1992. Law degree from Gonzaga University, 1999.
Career: Served as executive director of Upper Columbia United Tribes, 2002 to 2007. Director of natural resources for Spokane Indian Tribe, 1992-2001. Coordinator of enforcement for the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources, 1988-1990.
Political: Appointed to vacancy on Spokane City Council, 2004. Elected to City Council, 2005. Elected Spokane mayor in 2007. Serves on several governmental boards.
Family: Divorced. Has adult daughter and school-age son.
Last updated: Nov. 14, 4:59 p.m. Election results
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Mary Verner gives her positions on taxes, libraries, streets and other issues facing the city in The Spokesman-Review's Spokane City Council candidate questionnaire.
Local public health officials voted Wednesday to cut 8.7 percent from the Spokane Regional Health District’s budget for next year. The move, announced last month, included several layoffs and changes to programs that help babies and children receive care for birth defects and other special needs. Read more
Because several people have asked, we went back to look at the vote totals of the August primary for Spokane mayor, to compare with the current count in the general election. It’s a bit tricky, because the primary featured five candidates — four challengers and… Read more
Mayor Mary Verner’s interview last night with Mike Fitzsimmons on KXLY 920 AM has been making the rounds on Twitter today. And it’s worth a listen. Here’s some of what was said. The entire interview is in the link above. Verner: …I do know that… Read more
Here’s are Verner’s statements to her supporters and repoters last night. The Spokane County Elections Office has reported that it received nearly 23,000 ballots in the mail today. There are 22,200 ballots left to count in the City of Spokane. For Verner to make a… Read more
Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton said she expects only one count of votes tonight. Results should be released about 8:15 p.m. She said including today’s mail, the county has received about 100,000 ballots. About 90,000 of those will be counted in the numbers released tonight…. Read more
Mayoral candidate David Condon over the weekend got another big lift from the state Republican Party. The GOP contributed $38,000 to Condon’s campaign on Saturday, according to reports filed to the state Public Disclosure Commission. Late last month, the party gave his campaign $25,000. Condon,… Read more
When David Condon began to publicly criticize Mary Verner’s handling of the Otto Zehm case, Verner said Condon’s critique was further victimizing the Zehm family “by attempting to elevate himself.” The Inland Northwest Leadership Political Action Committee, which has spent about $25,000 on the mayoral… Read more
Washington voters checking their ballots this weekend for the first time may feel a sense of déjà vu. They voted last year on proposals to get the state out of the liquor business, and in 2008 to require more training for home health care workers. And while it isn’t immediately clear from the ballot language, the initiative on road and bridge tolls resurrects some of last year’s initiative requiring supermajorities in the Legislature. Read more
“Members of the Spokane Police Department will so conduct their public and private lives that they exemplify the high standards of integrity, trust, and morality demanded of a member of the Spokane Police Department.” – Canon Four of the Spokane Police Department Policy Manual Code of Ethics Might I suggest some much-needed reading? Read more
It was clear on the evening of Aug. 16 that the race for mayor was Mary Verner’s to lose. But a lot has happened since then, including the conviction of Officer Karl Thompson. So will she hold on? As far as we at Spin Control… Read more
Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe declined to comment this week about her “totally sucks” comment becoming a major highlight of the David Condon campaign for mayor. DeRuwe made the comment last month soon after sending a news release announcing that the department eliminated its property… Read more
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
OLYMPIA – Led by a multimillion dollar battle over liquor sales in Washington, initiatives and candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot have spent more than $18 million to sway voters in the past three weeks. This may not surprise state residents who can’t turn on the television without seeing firefighters argue whether voters’ lives will be better or worse if state-run liquor stores go away. Other state initiative campaigns have their own TV messages, and campaigns are filling mailboxes with mailers. Read more
OLYMPIA – Led by a multi-million dollar battle for who controls liquor sales in Washington, initiatives and candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot have spent more than $18 million on trying to sway voters in the last three weeks. This may come as no surprise… Read more
The conviction of Officer Karl Thompson could mean a significant shift in the running and politics of the Spokane Police Department, some city officials and police accountability advocates said after Wednesday’s verdict. Jeffry Finer, a civil rights attorney who represents the family of Otto Zehm, said he hopes the jury’s decision would lead to serious police reform after years of failed efforts. Read more
Spokane mayoral candidate David Condon advertises himself as “nonpartisan” on his signs, but that didn’t stop the former aide to Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from getting a $25,000 contribution from the state Republican Party. The contribution, the largest so far in a Spokane… Read more
Steve Parker squeezes the handle on the gas pump for a final jolt to hit 5 gallons. The station’s pump records 5 gallons. If he were a normal customer, he would pay for 5 gallons. Read more
Here’s the latest of election video. Condon: “To find out that the city started to know some of the facts in 2009 and here we are nearly two years later not dealing with those facts, that’s what was troubling me.” Verner: “We can not critique… Read more
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