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Last updated: Aug. 18, 4:58 p.m. Mayor, City of Spokane

CandidateVotesPct
Mary B. Verner 20,377 59.35%
David A. Condon 11,511 33.53%
Michael J. Noder 1,205 3.51%
Barbara Lampert 859 2.50%
Robert A. Kroboth 380 1.11%
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* These 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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From rhetoric to reality: Mayor-elect faces challenges

And now comes the hard part: governing. David Condon made a spectacular comeback in his bid to become the mayor of Washington’s second largest city. Read more

Doug Clark: Condon, put your pull where your rhetoric was

We’re still weeks away from that familiar moment when Spokane’s next one-term mayor will slide behind the desk in that spiffy City Hall office with a view. Although quite frankly, if Mary Verner keeps refusing to concede last Tuesday’s election, David Condon may have to call for an eviction. Read more

Spin Control: Giving credit where dubious credit is due

The best thing for political junkies about an off-year election – and arguably the worst thing for everyone else – is there’s another election so close we can feel it in our bones. We’ll barely have time to catch our breath. But before the general population gets overwhelmed with more Republican presidential debates and the minutiae of selecting presidential delegates through the caucus system, Spin Control wants to take just a few minutes to recall the highlights and lowlifes of Campaign Season 2011. Read more

Shogan aside draws protest

After years of frustration over Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan’s temper, a majority of council members for the first time this week engaged in a minor protest of Shogan’s behavior during a council meeting. When he leaves office at year’s end, he may be ending his tenure on a sour note. Read more

Area bonds and levies mostly fail

Fire departments and fire districts in the area surrounding Spokane Valley largely came away from the polls with disappointing results this week as several levy and bond requests failed. The exception was the town of Spangle, population 280 or so, which passed a fire levy and a police levy. Spokane County Fire District 13 in Newman Lake asked for a $2.2 million construction bond to build a new station to replace one that is old, too small and doesn’t meet current building codes. As of Friday morning it had received just 47.95 percent yes votes. The measure requires a 60 percent supermajority to pass. Read more

Liberty Lake keeps strong-mayor

Three races in Liberty Lake have been decided this week – Proposition 1, which would have changed the form of government from a strong mayor/council form to a city administrator-led council, failed with an overwhelming 69.5 percent of the voters rejecting the measure. Former Mayor Steve Peterson defeated current Councilman Josh Beckett for mayor by almost 75 percent of the votes. “We’re very happy,” Peterson said. “We’re delighted.” Read more

It’s now Spokane Mayor-Elect Condon

David Condon, the former deputy chief of staff of Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, claimed enough votes on Thursday to make any last-minute, shocking comeback by Mayor Mary Verner unrealistic. Read more

Incumbents slide, try to explain shift

Many of those elected Tuesday to serve in Spokane City Hall were the most outspoken ahead of the election that Proposition 1 would doom the economy. But the same electorate that chose those candidates also decided to give Proposition 1 – the Community Bill of Rights – a fighting chance. The ballot measure is still too close to call, although it lost ground in counting on Wednesday. Read more

Doug Clark: Thank Mayor Bair for the one-term curse

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

State must close all of its liquor operations by June

Sometime after the first of next year, the impact of the successful initiative ending Washington’s 78-year control of liquor sales will become more apparent. That’s when state liquor stores, which are currently increasing inventory for holiday sales, will start to draw down their inventory. It’s also when contract stores, which are operated by individuals under agreements with the state, will look for new suppliers or decide to go out of business. Read more

‘Positive’ group close to control of Valley council

A group of people unhappy with the status quo who ran together on a “Positive Change” slate in the 2009 Spokane Valley City elections are a single seat away from total control of the council after Tuesday’s election. One race is still too close to call. Election night totals showed Ben Wick 20 votes ahead of Marilyn Cline in the race to replace Councilman Bill Gothmann. “It is a very tight margin,” Wick said. “It could go either way.” Read more

Mapping the vote: The difference 3 months makes

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

Verner tells KXLY radio that Zehm, water rate campaign issues ‘don’t have a lot of substance’

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

Verner remains hopeful, but her chances are dim

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

Maybe they should go to all-mail elections

This just in from the AP: CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio election board says an employee bit a voter’s nose during an argument over a campaign sign. Cuyahoga County elections board director Jane Platten says the board identified the worker for Cleveland police trying to… Read more

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…. Read more

Condon gets second big contribution from state GOP

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

Fagan vs. McKereghan, Introduction

Spokane City Council hopefuls Mike Fagan and Donna McKereghan explain why they think they would be the best next council member to serve District 1, which covers Northeast Spokane. Read more

Family not offended by Condon’s critique of city’s handling of Zehm cases

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

Many candidates, issues familiar from past ballots

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

Spin Control: New district maps hand out party favors

OLYMPIA – Tuesday is Election Day 2011 – or what passes for one in a state that mailed out its ballots two weeks ago and will spend more than two weeks counting them – but it could be a key day for Election Days 2012-’21. That morning is the next meeting of the state Redistricting Commission, which is weighing two proposals to redraw congressional and legislative lines in Washington. Read more

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… Read more

Has Condon closed the gap?

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

One of 10 city candidates signs pledge not to approve Guild contract without stronger oversight

Only one of the 10 candidates on the ballot next week for Spokane city office agreed to sign a pledge promising to oppose any Spokane Police Guild contract unless the union agrees to stronger police oversight, the Center for Justice reported this week. A coalition… Read more

The politics of ‘It totally sucks’

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

Condon campaign donation scrutinized

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

Salvatori vs. Jones, Introduction

Spokane City Council hopefuls Steve Salvatori and Joy Jones explain why they think they would be the best next council member to serve District 3, which covers Northwest Spokane. Read more

Hession vs. Stuckart, Tab Tax

Former Mayor Dennis Hession and Ben Stuckart, director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County, debate the $20 annual vehicle tab tax that was approved earlier this year. Hession and Stuckart are running for Spokane City Council president. Read more

Hession vs. Stuckart, Public Comment

Former Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession and Ben Stuckart, director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County, explain how they would run meetings differently than Council President Joe Shogan if they are elected council president. Read more

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

State GOP pours cash into Condon campaign

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

Measure would extend care workers’ training, more

For the second time in four years, Washington voters are being asked to set tougher standards for the people who care for some of the state’s most vulnerable residents. But unlike 2008, when the state was coming off a string of years in which revenue regularly outpaced planned expenses, voters in 2011 are being asked to make the state take on new programs when it is cutting existing ones. Read more

Endorsements: Condon, Stuckart top our choices for election

Following is a summary of The Spokesman-Review’s endorsements for the general election. To read the full endorsements online, go to spokesman.com/tags/ 2011-endorsement. For full election coverage, go to spokesman.com/elections. City of Spokane Read more

Condon vs. Verner, Downtown Trolley

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and David Condon, former district director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, debate proposal to build a electric bus or trolley system in central Spokane. Condon is challenging Verner’s bid for re-election. Read more

Complaint filed against Spokane Valley candidate

A complaint has been filed with the Washington state Public Disclosure Commission against Spokane Valley City Council candidate Marilyn Cline, alleging that she has been running a home-based business without reporting her income on required candidate filings. Cline has previously denied running a hairdressing business out of her home, saying she only cut the hair of family members and was not paid. Read more