u 2013 Aug. 6 Primary

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Last updated: Aug. 20, 1:21 p.m. Spokane City Council dist. 2, City of Spokane

CandidateVotesPct
Jon Snyder 7,267 55.49%
John Ahern 3,190 24.36%
LaVerne Biel 2,640 20.16%
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Last updated: Aug. 20, 1:21 p.m. Spokane City Council dist. 3, City of Spokane

CandidateVotesPct
Candace Mumm 5,619 55.56%
Michael Cannon 2,780 27.49%
Curtis Fackler 1,086 10.74%
Kelly P. Cruz 628 6.21%
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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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5 tax advisory votes this fall

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City Council’s balance could hinge on District 3 race

Call it a race for supremacy at City Hall. A tug of war between the mayor and City Council president. Just don’t call it boring. Read more

Spokane City Council 2nd District candidates disparate

Jon Snyder knows he’s in a fight for his political life. His two opponents in the race to represent Spokane City Council District 2, John Ahern and LaVerne Biel, are making sure he knows it. Two years after joining the council in 2009, Snyder watched two of his progressive compatriots fall to their more conservative opponents. Read more

Lawmaker rejects views of grandfather’s church

State Sen. John Smith lives in a remote part of the largest legislative district in Washington, an area with sparse population and wide open spaces that over the decades has attracted people with extreme political and religious views. Smith acknowledges that both his grandfather and his wife’s grandfather were among those with extremist, anti-Semitic views, and that both ended up living in northeast Washington. Both were adherents of a radical strain of Christianity known as Christian Identity, an offshoot of a belief known as British Israelism. Read more

Appointed senator to face two challengers in 7th District

Most years, it’s considered an advantage to hold the office you are seeking in the upcoming election. Brian Dansel and Mike Brunson, who are challenging appointed Sen. John Smith for the seat in northeast Washington’s sprawling 7th District, are hoping 2013 isn’t like most years. Being in the state Senate is not exactly a badge of honor after a prolonged session that needed nearly 50 extra days to accomplish the Legislature’s primary goal of passing the operating budget. Read more

Three vie for Spokane Valley City Council spot in primary

Spokane Valley Deputy Mayor Gary Schimmels, who has served on the City Council since the city incorporated in 2003, appears to have lost favor among the Positive Change group that holds five of the seven council seats. In the 2009 elections, five candidates ran together on a Positive Change ticket, including Schimmels. His fellow council members twice elected him to the post of deputy mayor, but donors that supported Schimmels in that election, most notably businessman Jack Pring, have shifted their support to Ed Pace. Pace and Dee Dee Loberg are facing off against Schimmels on the primary ballot that will be mailed to voters next week. The two who receive the most votes will advance to the general election in November. Read more

Council hopeful loses challenge over residency

The troubled candidacy of Mark Hamilton came to an end Friday. A Superior Court judge ruled that Hamilton failed to meet residency requirements for a Spokane City Council seat and prohibited his name from appearing on the general election ballot in November. Read more

City Council candidate Mark Hamilton tossed from ballot

Spokane City Council candidate Mark Hamilton is not qualified to run for city office, a Spokane County Superior Court judge ruled this afternoon. Read more

Hamilton says he misspoke

Spokane City Council candidate Mark Hamilton says he misspoke at Monday’s council meeting. Testifying about the … Read more

Judges hire fired city attorney Howard Delaney

The city of Spokane’s former top attorney, who was fired last year by Mayor David Condon, is back on the city’s payroll. Howard Delaney was hired last month by the city’s three elected Municipal Court judges to be the court’s top administrator. Read more

GMO issue attracts out-of-state interest

OLYMPIA – In another sign that Washington will be the national battleground this fall for the fight over genetically altered foods, opponents of a ballot measure requiring those products to be labeled raised almost $1 million last month. None of it came from Washington state. Read more

No on I-522 money flooding in from out of state

OLYMPIA – In another sign that Washington will be the national battleground this fall over genetically altered foo… Read more

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream to back I-522

One of the founders of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream said today his Vermont-based company will back a Washington initi… Read more

City braces for budget cuts despite strong sales taxes

Spokane is collecting sales taxes like it hasn’t since before the recession. Even so, city officials are preparing for another multimillion-dollar deficit in 2014. Read more

Spin Control: When all else fails, candidates shouldn’t whine

The lineup card for the August primary shows we’re fielding quite a few rookie candidates for local office this year. Welcome to the ring. Watch out for all those hats being tossed around. Read more

Competition fills small town elections

Brewing controversies are making for unusually contentious elections in some small Spokane County towns. Former Rockford town council member Steve Meyer is running to unseat Mayor Micki Harnois. Read more

Council position 4 has three hopefuls

The upcoming Spokane Valley City Council elections promise to be lively. Every incumbent has a challenger and most are familiar faces. Only Position 4 has more than two candidates, requiring a primary vote on Aug. 6. Read more

Suit tests whether candidate a resident

The race for a City Council seat representing northeast Spokane could soon be down to one. Two voters in Spokane’s northeast council district are suing Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton, claiming that candidate Mark Hamilton should not be allowed on the ballot because he was not a resident of the city for a year before officially entering the race last week. Read more

Suit filed to keep Hamilton off ballot

Spokane City Council candidate Mark Hamilton’s residency problems continue. Two voters in Spokane’s northeast co… Read more

Candidates give voters a choice at deadline

Two city council incumbents in Spokane County face challengers who declared their intent to run for office Friday, the last day to file. Spokane Valley Councilman Rod Higgins will again face Linda J. Thompson, who he beat in a coin toss in February for a vacant seat, while Spokane Councilwoman Amber Waldref will be opposed by Mark Hamilton, whose city residency is disputed. Read more

City Council races draw more candidates

Two more candidates jumped into Spokane City Council races Thursday, ensuring primary races in two of the city’s three council districts. Laverne Biel, 60, the CEO at Access Unified Networks, filed Thursday for the south Spokane District 2 race. Read more

Most money for I-522 from outside WA

OLYMPIA – Out-of-state money pouring into the campaign coffers of this fall’s initiative to require labeling of ge… Read more

From wannabe to never-was in five easy steps

Washington political candidates have until Friday to make their pipe dreams official by filing their intent to run for local office. Welcome to Delusion Week. Read more

Candidates must file for office by Friday

Candidates for local offices around Washington will officially enter their races this week as filing week begins this morning. On the ballot this year are council seats in cities and towns throughout Washington, as well as many mayoral slots. The city of Spokane has three openings – one for each council district – and the city of Spokane Valley has four at-large council seats on this year’s ballot.  Read more

Vestal: Anti-school message hits the road with Alton money

If you thought that Duane Alton’s anti-schools campaign had slowed down since it took a drubbing at the ballot box last fall, think again. It just shifted the battle ground to Battle Ground – a school district near Vancouver, all the way across the state. As you may know, there is no public school anywhere on Earth that Alton and his band of merry patriots will not try to make poorer, whether they live there or not. Alton’s group sent out its familiar yellow scare fliers to Battle Ground voters earlier this month in an effort to defeat a levy on Tuesday’s ballot. They also targeted a bond issue in Reardan-Edwall. Read more

Council considers blocking citizen initiatives

Signatures on petitions in support of two proposed citizens’ initiatives in Spokane will be counted and verified. … Read more

Council OKs spending $1.1 million on police equipment, training

Spokane police patrol cars may soon be equipped with cameras to record encounters with the public. The Spokane City Council last week agreed to spend $1.1 million from reserves to implement recommendations made by the Use of Force Commission earlier this year. Read more

Spokane Council candidate’s residency doubts resurface

More doubts are being raised about a Spokane City Council candidate’s eligibility to hold the seat he’s seeking even as he continues to run an active campaign and collect contributions, including from a former state Supreme Court justice. Mark Hamilton, a pastor and real estate agent, says he’s been living since May at a dilapidated Spokane house he bought that month and declared his official home to meet city residency requirements, even though he voted outside the city in November. Now, utility records and the recollections of a handyman who helped Hamilton fix up the home at 217 E. Pacific Ave. raise additional questions about whether the candidate who still owns a home south of Spokane was actually living inside the city. Read more

Groups hope to place initiatives on city ballot

Envision Spokane hopes the third time is a charm. The group was one of two that filed signatures this week with Spokane City Clerk Teri Pfister to place initiatives on the city’s November ballot. Both turned in significantly more signatures than needed to qualify – though they still need to be verified by the Spokane County Elections Office. Read more

Race heating up for McLaughlin’s Spokane City Council seat

The most contested race in this year’s three races for Spokane City Council seats is almost certain to be in the N… Read more

Council candidate’s residency questioned

A candidate for Spokane City Council who already has the backing of two other elected leaders may be ineligible to run. Mark Hamilton, the pastor of the former Spokane Christian Fellowship and a real estate broker for Soleil Real Estate, was registered to vote at an address outside city limits when he cast a ballot in November’s general election, which could complicate his efforts to assert he meets residency requirements. Read more

Supermajority margin for tax hikes approved for Spokane

The next time the Spokane City Council considers a tax increase, it will take five of seven votes to pass. Most of the remaining ballots in Tuesday’s special election were counted Wednesday, and support for supermajority Proposition 2 increased, widening a close lead it had after Tuesday’s count. Read more

Fraud suspected in initiative signatures

OLYMPIA – Three paid signature gatherers apparently committed extensive fraud while collecting support for two Washington initiatives, elections officials said Wednesday. The secretary of state’s office said many of the 8,000 signatures submitted by the collectors were invalid. The problematic filings were linked to a measure that would extend the time for initiative signature collection, and another proposal that would require companies to label genetically modified food. Read more

Voters approve supermajority requirement

The Spokane City Council must approve tax increases with supermajority votes. Read more

Spokane voters approve library tax

Spokane voters easily approved a City Charter amendment giving the police ombudsman more authority and a tax to ensure that branch libraries won’t close. Read more