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City Council South seat (District 2), City of Spokane

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Mike Allen 10,328 50.33%
Richard Rush 10,193 49.67%

* Race 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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Council rejects Rush’s plan to eliminate utility tax

The Spokane City Council rejected Councilman Richard Rush’s proposal to ask voters if they want to eliminate the city’s utility tax on trash, sewer and water early this morning on a 5-2 vote. Rush did get one other vote of support, from Bob Apple. The…


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…


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…


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…


Spokane Democrats write check for Rush-Allen recount

Spokane City Councilman Richard Rush will get a hand recount afterall. The incumbent councilman who trails former Councilman Mike Allen by 88 votes submitted a check this afternoon to the Spokane County Election’s Office for $6,240 to pay for a full manual count of ballots…


Baxter pays for recount

Former state Sen. Jeff Baxter is paying for a partial recount of ballots in his unsuccessful bid to retain his Spokane Valley seat despite losing the race by more than 3,400 votes. Baxter’s opponent in the contest, Mike Padden, was sworn in as senator representing…


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…


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…


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…


Candidates prepare for results

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….


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 declined to sign the county party’s platform, has sent out recommendations for how to vote in Tuesday’s nonparitsan city elections. The picks include: David Condon for…


Council votes to allow members to take 3 percent pay cuts

Following the lead of the state Legislature, the Spokane City Council voted unanimously to allow council members to take a 3 percent pay cut to help balance the budget. Council members earn $30,000 a year. The council president earns $55,000. Spokane resident Gretchen McDevitt told…


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…


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.


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…


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.


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…


Rush, Allen debate eliminating city departments

Here’s part three of our election video series.