u 2011 Washington General Election

City Council President, City of Spokane

About this race

Former mayor and City Council President Dennis Hession is staging a comeback campaign after a four-year hiatus from Spokane politics, facing community activist Ben Stuckart.

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

CandidateVotesPct
Ben Stuckart 29,625 53.24%
Dennis Hession 26,024 46.76%

* 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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