City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: Incumbent councilwoman
Her words: “My parents were both passionate, committed progressives who spoke honestly abut the issues and respected difference of opinion. I can think of no better example to follow as we tackle the challenges of modern city life.”
Her pitch: An expert in the ways of City Hall focused on citizen engagement and creating incentives to encourage businesses to locate living-wage jobs within Spokane’s neighborhoods.
Notable experience: Incumbent councilwoman. Appointed to complete term of Steve Salvatori. Former aide to Mayors Jim West and Mary Verner in 2014. Former legislative aide in the Washington state House. Worked at Washington State University Spokane and the Community Colleges of Spokane. Served as a clerk in the city clerk's office. Her mother, Lois Stratton, was a legislator in Olympia as a Democrat from 1979 to 1993.
Education: Graduated from Marycliff High School in 1977. Earned bachelor’s degree in communications and general studies from Eastern Washington University in 1989.
Neighborhood: Audubon (Northwest)
More about Karen Stratton
|Karen Stratton ()||3,771||42.30 %|
|Evan Verduin ()||2,881||32.30 %|
|Kelly P. Cruz ()||1,167||13.10 %|
|Dave White (R)||1,090||12.20 %|
The city has been without a planning director since Scott Chesney was ousted last November.
Yes. No. Depends who you ask, like we just did for you.
Their answers vary, some say just two, others say it’s up to the mayor.
In August, the city of Spokane filed a lawsuit against the international agrochemical giant Monsanto, alleging that the company sold chemicals for decades that it knew were a danger to human and environmental health.
Condon says things are pretty good. Lichty says not so much.
Everything’s golden, or This. Means. War.
Even politicians have heroes.
Architect Evan Verduin will be better advocate for small business concerns.
Spokane Mayor David Condon finished easily in first, and community activist Shar Lichty a comfortable second in the city primary. Incumbents Mike Fagan and Karen Stratton topped the field in their respective council races.