October 12, 1997 in City

Campaign ‘97

Compiled By Jim Camden From Staf
 

Candidate Q&A;

Do you think the city should continue to broadcast the public forum portions of the City Council meetings?”

- asked of Spokane City Council candidates.

Position 1

Barbara Lampert: “Definitely. That’s part of our communications. The more you have on Channel 5, the better.”

Cherie Rodgers: “Yes. It’s a chance for the public to come down and speak their minds and for the people at home to hear them. People tell me they think it’s great.”

Position 2

Rob Higgins: “No. Moving the forum to the beginning of the meeting was an improvement that gives people an opportunity to be heard every week. But putting it on TV tends to promote grandstanding on issues.”

Judith Gilmore: “Yes. It is, after all, City Cable, which means its underwritten by the citizens. Sometimes you hear things there you don’t hear anywhere else.”

Position 3

Steve Thompson: “Yes, and (broadcast) more. We should use Cable Channel 5 to enlighten the public on all of the key issues of the day.”

Phyllis Holmes: “Yes. While some people turn it off, some people do find it interesting. As long as there’s no abuse and misuse, I think we need to continue it.”

Because you’re asking

Phones have been ringing pretty steadily at the Spokane County elections office, with people calling to ask if they can still register to vote for the Nov. 4 general election. The answer is yes, and no, and then again yes. … Yes you can register to vote, providing you are in fact a resident. No, you can’t register now, and go to the neighborhood polling place on Nov. 4. … But you can still go to the county elections office, which in Spokane is on the second floor of the County Courthouse, and register to vote absentee. If you get there before Oct. 20, you will be given a ballot that can be marked right there and deposited in the box, or taken with you to be punched and mailed later.

Floatin’ for votes

Here’s an unusual campaign event: Folks who are pushing the county’s Conservation Futures ballot proposal will take a canoe trip next Sunday. … The plan is to show off areas along Long Lake previously purchased by the program, which generates about $800,000 per year. Canoes put in at noon on Oct. 19, on the north side of the lake on road turnouts off Highway 291, about a mile west of Tum Tum. … Call Randy Knight at 624-2775 for more info.

Catch the candidates

Tuesday: Spokane Council candidates Rob Higgins and Judith Gilmore, on Spokane Public Radio. Noon, KPBX.

Wednesday: Spokane mayoral candidates at the African-American Voice forum. 7 p.m., Lair Auditorium, Spokane Community College.

Thursday: Spokane city candidate forum sponsored by the Citizens League of Greater Spokane. Noon, KPBX Radio.

Friday: Council candidates Gilmore and Higgins at the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce forum. 7:30 a.m., Chamber offices, $2 for breakfast.

Friday: Council Candidates Phyllis Holmes and Steve Thompson, plus a discussion of the state health care initiative on “Spokane This Week.” 8:30 p.m., Channel 7.

Campaign Calendar

Tuesday: Candidates and political committees must file campaign reports.

Wednesday: Absentee ballots available for Nov. 4 election.

, DataTimes MEMO: Campaign ‘97, published Sunday’s during election season, is compiled by Jim Camden from staff reports. Information about debates or political forums can be mailed to P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, Wash., 99210; or faxed to (509)459-5482; or e-mailed to jimc@spokesman.com.

The following fields overflowed: CREDIT = Compiled by Jim Camden from staff reports

Campaign ‘97, published Sunday’s during election season, is compiled by Jim Camden from staff reports. Information about debates or political forums can be mailed to P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, Wash., 99210; or faxed to (509)459-5482; or e-mailed to jimc@spokesman.com.

The following fields overflowed: CREDIT = Compiled by Jim Camden from staff reports


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