A candidate for State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane) in the 2012 Washington Primary
City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: City Council member and former owner of a monthly outdoor magazine
Career: City Council member and former publisher of the Go Green Directory and Out There Monthly magazine, which is focused on outdoor recreation. Founder and first board chairman of KYRS Thin Air Community Radio.
Education: Graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1987. Earned bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College in 1991.
Political experience: Won current Spokane City Council term in 2009. Serves on Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington board and Spokane Regional Health District board. Formerly served as Spokane Regional Transportation Council member and Spokane Transit Authority board.
Family: Married. Has two school-age children.
|Marcus Riccelli (D)||5,891||27.70%|
|Tim Benn (R)||4,512||21.21%|
|Jon Snyder (D)||4,086||19.21%|
|Bob Apple (D)||3,947||18.56%|
|Morgan Oyler (R)||2,834||13.32%|
The scramble is on for a state House seat in central Spokane, part of the fallout of Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s surprise decision not to seek re-election. Brown said Thursday that she would not run again for her 3rd Legislative District Senate seat. State Rep. Andy Billig immediately said he would run for Brown’s Senate seat, leaving a vacancy that often attracts multiple candidates.
A Republican has entered the expanding field of candidates to replace state Rep. Andy Billig. Tim Benn, who co-owns a child day care with his wife in North Spokane, filed paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission announcing his run earlier this week, even before…
John Waite, who has run several campaigns for state Legislature and City Council as an independent, announced Friday that he will run for the House seat that will be vacated by Andy Billig. And this time, he’ll run as a Democrat. Waite, 47, is fiscally…
One of the state’s most powerful politicians shook Spokane’s political landscape and shocked her own party Thursday when she announced she won’t seek re-election to the Legislature. State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown has represented her central Spokane legislative district since 1992, first in the House and, starting in 1996, the Senate. A staunch Democrat, she has led the Senate for eight years, and her pending departure sent ripples through both sides of the partisan aisle.
Late this afternoon Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder tweeted: “Dear friends: Tomorrow I will be making an announcement regarding Andy Billig’s vacated 3rd District House seat. Stay tuned.” He hasn’t returned calls seeking comment, which means he’s either running for Billig’s seat, or playing a…
The Spokane City Council late Monday effectively killed a resolution in support of the state’s gay marriage law. After five hours of testimony and debate, the council voted 4-3 to table the resolution indefinitely.
Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said Tuesday that he’s unlikely to propose a new resolution in support of gay marriage until opponents earn enough signatures to force the issue on the ballot. At Monday’s council meeting, Stuckart warned that he might repeatedly bring a…
The Spokane City Council late Monday effectively killed a resolution in support of the state’s gay marriage law.
Spokane Mayor David Condon said Monday that he still is considering what his position will be on the two hottest topics for next week’s City Council meeting. Those issues are Councilman Jon Snyder’s resolution in support of the state’s gay marriage law and Councilman Mike…
The debate on gay marriage is headed to the Spokane City Council. City Councilman Jon Snyder is sponsoring a nonbinding resolution in support of “marriage equality,” and despite a Republican-leaning majority on the City Council, it appears the resolution is on track for approval.
An expert on transportation in the U.S. says communities can save money and create greater vitality by rethinking the way they use transportation dollars. By emphasizing alternatives to the automobile, cities will become friendlier places with less congestion, author Jeffrey Tumlin said.
A historic building slated for the wrecking ball could get a friend in the Spokane City Council. Late last year, Washington State University-Spokane announced it would sell a 102-year-old warehouse called the Jensen-Byrd building so a development company could tear down the brick building and…
The Spokane City Council unanimously agreed Monday that marijuana should be able to be possessed legally by people who have a legitimate medical need for the drug. The council approved a nonbinding resolution endorsing a letter that Gov. Chris Gregoire and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln…
OLYMPIA – The latest incarnation of a bill to add structure to Washington’s medical marijuana laws has supporters who don’t like parts of it and opponents who do. People who operate clinics and dispensaries questioned the need for a voluntary registry of medical marijuana patients the bill would create. Law enforcement officials like the registry, although they don’t care for a provision that would allow patients to set up nonprofit co-ops to grow their supplies. Some cities like flexibility for co-ops and collective gardens; others want to be able to ban them.
A plan to raise parking ticket fines at parking meters from $15 to $25 or $20 if paid within six days won’t be decided until a new City Council is sworn into office. Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan has pushed to raise the fee,…
They call them Ghost Bikes. You’ve likely seen them around town over the past year or so: bikes painted all white, chained to a post or fence. They memorialize, in a simple, powerful way, cyclists who died on Spokane’s streets: Matthew Hardie, David Squires, Frank Red Thunder, David Widener …
The Spokane City Council took another chance on Monday to critique Proposition 1, the Community Bill of Rights. Council members voted 6-1 to formally oppose the initiative, which appears on the November ballot. The rejection is no surprise. All the members of City Council already…
The Spokane City Council could vote Monday on whether the city should regulate the number of alcohol signs liquor licensees can have that are visible from the street. In April 2010, the state Liquor Control Board passed a rule limiting that number to four, but gave cities the option to exempt liquor licensees in their jurisdiction.
Local leaders are worried that a federal program that pays for roads, roofs, sidewalks, youth programs and a broad array of other services could face substantial cuts as Congress works to slash debt. Earlier this month, the Spokane City Council voted unanimously to ask House and Senate leaders for “full funding” for the Community Development Block Grant program.
Tax subsidies will flow to Kendall Yards even if the developer of the 78-acre project does not seek public bids on construction of streets, sewers and other public infrastructure, as originally agreed. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted 6-1 to amend the tax-increment financing agreement it has with Kendall Yards.The city approved its original tax deal for Kendall Yards in 2007. The developer would be reimbursed for building public infrastructure, such as roads, with tax revenues generated by the property if several conditions were met, including that infrastructure projects be publicly bid.