u 2011 Washington General Election

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

Last updated: Nov. 14, 4:59 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
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 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… 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

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

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

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

Rush, Allen debate water rates

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

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 on water rates remains unknown

The person who has paid for five billboards criticizing the Spokane City Council and Spokane Mayor Mary Verner for their decisions related to water rates plans to remain anonymous. Five billboards about the water rates were erected about a week ago and will stay up… 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

Rush, Stuckart lead race in campaign technology

New technology often surfaces in campaigns — whether it was candidate websites, scientific polling, automated calling, Facebook, Twitter, or plastic yard signs. City Council President hopeful Ben Stuckart and City Councilman Richard Rush appear to be the first local candidates using the latest technology to… Read more

Mayor promises review of Zehm case

A hastily arranged briefing by Spokane Mayor Mary Verner on Friday announcing her desire for a complete internal and external review of the Otto Zehm controversy turned into a platform for Councilman Bob Apple to denounce what he called the city’s history of “sweeping incidents under the rug.” Apple, who was not invited to Verner’s announcement, said he agrees with Verner’s idea but believes it has come years too late. Read more

Councilwoman wants Prop 1 advisories on November ballot

Spokane voters could get a hint from the Spokane City Council when deciding the fate of a citizens initiative on the November ballot. The City Council will consider on Monday the addition of two nonbinding questions for the November election. The two proposals would ask voters how the council should respond to Envision Spokane’s Community Bill of Rights if it’s approved: raise taxes or cut services. Read more