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Mumm, Howes take opposing sides in North Monroe debate in battle for Spokane City Council seat

Incumbent Candace Mumm is facing off against political newcomer Matthew Howes for the northwest Spokane seat. The district’s major political issue this fall has been a controversial lane reduction project that has split the candidates.


Sue Lani Madsen: Spokane City Council’s focus on national issues takes away from its attention to local problems

There is a national progressive movement using municipal legislation to drive state and federal policy through the courts. Does Spokane want an increasingly political City Council, or one that focuses on city business?


Short faces her first Democratic challenger in Hardy in 7th District race

After moving from the House to the Senate this year to fill an open seat, Republican Shelly Short faces her first Democratic challenger in Karen Hardy.


Experience or fresh perspective? Candidates square off in Spokane Valley City Council race

Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Pamela Haley says her competition in November’s election needs to learn more about city government.


Municipal Court judge challenger forges ahead despite DUI arrest

Adam Papini knows he’s probably not going to win, but that doesn’t bother him. What does, he said, is how his colleagues, friends and confidants assumed that when he was charged with driving under the influence in June, it automatically meant he was guilty. Even lawyers and judges, who are supposed to presume innocence until the six-letter word is spoken by a jury, or a plea deal is entered, immediately treated him differently.


Riverside candidates’ wish lists overlap

Scott Ellsworth was a student in the Riverside School District for 13 years, and now he wants to help improve it, which is why he said he is running for a seat on the Riverside School Board. Ellsworth’s history with the school district precedes his education. For over 30 years, his father worked in the school district. Now his youngest son attends Riverside High School.


Millwood mayor candidates divided on police operations

A candidate running for Millwood mayor says it may be time for the town to consider forming its own police department. Jay Molitor, who is challenging incumbent Kevin Freeman, argues that the service the town gets from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is inadequate for Millwood’s population of nearly 1,800. He points to the police department of Reardan, a town with one-third the population, which has one full-time and several part-time officers.


Cheney City Council candidates disagree on seriousness of city’s water problems

Two candidates in a race for Cheney City Council disagree on what the city should be doing about water issues.


Pints and Politics: City council, school board candidates debate the issues

Spokane City Council and school board candidates mingled with voters, disagreed thoughtfully and learned a few things about the city they hope to represent at a candidate forum Tuesday evening. The event, called “Pints and Politics,” was hosted by The Spokesman-Review as a way to encourage civil political dialogue.


Spokane council and school board candidates talk issues during forum with three weeks left until election

Spokane city council and school board candidates mingled with voters, disagreed thoughtfully and learned a few things about the city they hope to represent at a candidate forum Tuesday evening.





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