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Wednesday, December 12, 2018  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Demos Select Jacobson To Run For Governor

Five days after the Democratic candidate for governor died of a heart attack on the campaign trail, state party leaders on Monday elevated his running mate to the No. 1 spot on the ticket.

State Sen. Judy Jacobson, 57, will replace Chet Blaylock in the Nov. 5 election.

The unanimous decision puts Jacobson in the unusual, but legal, position of running for both governor and lieutenant governor. If elected, she would serve as governor and name an appointment to the No. 2 spot.

Her victory would be a long shot at best, with polls consistently giving Gov. Marc Racicot, the Republican incumbent, a huge lead.

Blaylock, 71, a former state senator and retired teacher who had a history of heart trouble and cancer, was stricken while driving to a debate against Racicot last Wednesday.

Jacobson, a legislator from Butte, was chosen by party leaders at a 20-minute convention of the Democratic Party’s central committee on Monday. LeRoy Not Afraid, a lieutenant governor candidate who lost by a landslide in the primary, was the only other contender.


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Spokane County commissioners open union contract negotiations to the public

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The move means members of the public and media will be able to witness the collective bargaining process in real time, even though state law allows that process to take place in private meetings. “Salaries are our largest cost, and the citizens ought to know how we’re negotiating contracts and how we’re trying to represent the best interests of both the taxpayers and our employees,” Commissioner Al French said.