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

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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Hession vs. Stuckart, Introduction

Former Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession and Ben Stuckart, director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County, debate why they feel they are the best candidates to be the next Spokane City Council president. Read more

Hession-Stuckart race is a contrast in styles

Primary election voters in Spokane didn’t seem eager for a change. They gave incumbent Mayor Mary Verner a big victory over her opponents and former Mayor Dennis Hession a first-place win for City Council president as they head to November. Read more

Hession misquotes Lincoln

A new campaign ad that’s been posted on YouTube by the campaign of Dennis Hession starts with him making the following statement: “Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.’ I believe that. My opponent does not.”… 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

Verner doesn’t blame Hession

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said last week that a campaign statement on the Otto Zehm matter wasn’t meant to pin blame on others. Responding to a news release criticizing her response to the Otto Zehm cases from her election opponent, David Condon, Verner released her… Read more

Consultant poised for Zehm case review

When Spokane Mayor Mary Verner promised this month that there will be an internal review examining the death of Otto Zehm, it wasn’t the first time a city leader has made such a pledge. Indeed, the city has had an open contract with a police consultant for more than five years to perform that review. Read more

Nicks set to retire as chief steps down

The Spokane Police Department’s top two officers are on their way out, leaving city officials to find new leadership as they struggle with the continuing legal fallout surrounding the death of Otto Zehm. Assistant Chief Jim Nicks announced Tuesday his upcoming retirement will coincide with the previously announced departure of Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. Read more

Corker endorses Stuckart

While most of the political news is swirling around City Hall this morning with the press conference over the Otto Zehm case (read about that here), there was a development in the Council President race. Councilman Steve Corker, who finished third in the primary for… Read more

Spin Control: Council president race in North Side voters’ hands

The race for Spokane City Council president would appear to be a tossup, particularly in many north Spokane precincts where a clear favorite has yet to emerge. No duh, you might say, considering that winner Dennis Hession got only slightly more than a third of the vote in a four-person field. Read more

Timeline of events in Otto Zehm case

• March 18, 2006: Otto Zehm, 36, a mentally ill and unemployed janitor, is beaten, Tasered and hogtied inside a Zip Trip convenience store by seven Spokane police officers after being wrongly identified as a suspect in a possible theft. Acting police Chief Jim Nicks says Zehm was combative and “lunged” at the first officer on the scene, Karl Thompson, forcing the use of defensive tactics. Officers say Zehm has a prior arrest for assaulting a police officer. • March 20, 2006: Zehm dies at Deaconess Medical Center. Police acknowledge that the potential theft report that led to the confrontation was unfounded. Read more

Council Prez race: the good, the bad and the undecided

The Spokane City Council President race would appear to be a toss up, particularly in many North Spokane precincts where a clear favorite has yet to emerge. No duh, you might say, considering that winner Dennis Hession got only slightly more than a third of… Read more

Council Prez Race: Newest Hession numbers

(Click on map to enlarge.) Vote totals from the Thursday evening ballot count. Read more

Council Prez race: Newest Stuckart numbers

(Click on map to enlarge.) Latest vote totals from ballot count on evening of Aug. 18. Read more

Council Prez race: Newest Corker numbers

(Click on map to enlarge) Vote totals from evening count of Aug. 18. Read more

Council Prez race: Where they’re strong and where they aren’t

Unlike Spokane’s mayoral race, which has a clear favorite based on the primary results, the council president race is a more interesting mix of support around the city for the top three candidates. As things stand now, former Council President and Mayor Dennis Hession would… Read more

Council Prez Race: Hession’s showing

(click on map to enlarge) Dennis Hession is currently first in the Spokane City Primary for council president. This map shows the percentage of the votes he got in each city precinct. Click to return to story Read more

Council Prez Race: Stuckart’s showing

(click on map to enlarge) Political newcomer Ben Stuckart is currently in second place in the City Council President primary. This map shows his vote percentages in the city’s precincts based on the election night tally. Click to return to story. Read more

Council Prez Race: Corker’s showing

(click on map to enlarge) Spokane City Councilman Steve Corker is currently third in the primary for Spokane City Council President, based on the count of ballots on election night. Click to return to story. Read more

Council president candidates have nearly exhausted campaign funds

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The politics of water rates

What might be the most curious thing about the current City Council debate on water rates is the timing. Here the council is debating what may be the biggest political hot potato of the year even though ballots are sitting on kitchen tables ready to… Read more