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Election 2011

Shawn Vestal: Hint of truth gives credence to school critics

Last June 6, Michael Miller, a teacher at Shadle Park High School, wrote a series of email messages regarding school board candidate – now school board member – Deana Brower. According to a complaint filed with state officials, Miller described Brower in one note as “INCREDIBLE.” In another, he urged a teacher at Lewis and Clark to invite Brower to meet with teachers there. In another, he wrote to Jenny Rose, president of the Spokane Education Association, granting her permission to send a message he’d written on behalf of Brower to “other buildings” to help them arrange events.

Spokane’s new mayor takes the reins

Now all David Condon has to do is wait. After a year of researching, campaigning, debating and fundraising in what some thought was a long-shot bid to become mayor of the second-largest city in Washington, Condon took the final step required by law to take office. He took the oath to become Spokane’s 44th mayor Friday morning in a short ceremony in front of the Clocktower at Riverfront Park.

Clark: Council’s last gasp evokes past pungent pranks

I’d like to extend rare Clark kudos to lame-duck Spokane City Council members for adhering to that tried-and-true American tradition of screwing over the incoming political opponents. This sort of sour-grapesmanship dates back to our Founding Fathers, when President John Adams left the presidential bed short-sheeted for Thomas Jefferson.

Rush forgos hand recount, concedes race

Spokane City Councilman Richard Rush said Saturday he has decided against paying for a hand recount in his race against Mike Allen. Rush said that after further consideration of the results of the machine recount, as well as the hand recount that was completed in the 4th Legislative District Senate race last week, he decided it was highly unlikely that a hand recount would change the outcome of his race.

Recounts confirm returns; hand count still to come

Mike Allen’s lead over Richard Rush grew by three votes, to 91, on Wednesday after a recount in the Spokane City Council election for the city’s south district. But the race still isn’t over.

Fire departments, districts regroup from failed levies

Fire departments and districts in the Spokane Valley area were taking stock this week and trying to determine how to move forward after levy and bond requests on the November ballot failed. Newman Lake Fire District 13 tried to pass a $2.2 million construction bond to build a new fire station. It received only 48 percent approval. The district’s commissioners held a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the results. “They talked about whether to run it again,” said Fire Chief Keith Yamane.

Wick clinches win

After more than a week of watching votes trickle in, Ben Wick can finally feel comfortable that he has won a position on the Spokane Valley City Council. Wick was ahead by only 20 votes on election night, but he has steadily increased his lead ever since. As of Wednesday night his lead was at 368 votes over Marilyn Cline. He received 10,667 votes to her 10,299. Only 100 votes remain to be counted in all areas of Spokane County and those results will be released by the Spokane County Elections Office on Nov. 28. The election results will be certified on Nov. 29.

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 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 Tuesday night it had received 47.7 percent yes votes. The measure requires a 60 percent supermajority to pass.

Ex-city economic director to lead Condon transition

Spokane Mayor-elect David Condon on Tuesday announced that his transition will be led by the city’s former economic development director, and he promised to oversee an open government. “Obviously, I am very humbled, very, very humbled at the outpouring of support that the voters have shown. I do think that it is a true honor to serve and to be expected to serve as their mayor,” Condon said at a news conference Tuesday at the Second Space Gallery in downtown Spokane. “I’m dedicated to living up to the trust the voters have put within me. The voters clearly want a City Hall that’s open, accountable and responsive.”


  • Condon talks transition

    Spokane Mayor-elect David Condon talks about his transition team at a news conference on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. He announced Theresa Sanders, the city’s former economic development director, will be the director of his transition.

  • Verner concedes

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner takes questions on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 about her election defeat. She was speaking at her campaign headquarters at Steam Plant Square in downtown Spokane.

  • Mayor Mary Verner addresses supporters on election night

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner addresses supporters at her election night party at Taaj Indian Restaurant soon after the release of number showing her trailing her opponent, David Condon. She says she remains opptimistic that later counts could put her ahead.

  • Verner takes questions from reporters on election night

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner answers questions from reporters shortly after hearing election results at her campaign party at Taaj Indian restaurant.

  • Barbara Lampert’s top priorities

    Barbara Lampert, a candidate for Spokane mayor, makes her opening statement at a candidate forum on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at the Community Building, 35 W. Main. The debate was sponsored by Sustainable Resources INW. Lampert said she would hire an additional 100 police officers and create a plan to deal with the city’s varmint problem.