August 22, 2007 in City

Primary breakdown

The Spokesman-Review
 
RACEHOW THEY FAREDFAST FACTSWHAT’S NEXT

SPOKANE MAYOR

Dennis Hession (10,666)

Robert Kroboth (457)

Mary Verner (10,286)

Al French (9,206)

Michael J. Noder (1,039)
Hession, who became mayor after the recall of Jim West in December 2005, has raised about $150,000, three times as much as either French or Verner. With similar positions on the top issues, much of the debate has been about leadership styles. Hession must find a way to win support from those who voted for French. But with French the most outspoken critic of the mayor, that might be a formidable task.
SPOKANE COUNCIL PRESIDENT

Barbara Lampert (9,965)

Joe Shogan (14,821)

Rob Crow (4,497)
Crow had discussed running for council president for months before paying the filing fee to enter the race. But he changed his mind – too late to be removed from the ballot.Lampert, who has run unsuccessfully for office more than 10 times, appears to have an uphill battle ahead.

SPOKANE COUNCIL DISTRICT 1

(Northeast Spokane)

Donna McKereghan (1,997)

Gary Pollard (585)

Luke Tolley (872)

Bob Apple (3,158)

Robert E. Stokes Jr. (424)
Apple outpaced all challengers but McKereghan, who has strong ties to the Logan Neighborhood and the support of the district’s other councilman, Al French, left the other challengers far behind.Apple, who often swims against the stream on the council, faces McKereghan, a long-standing City Hall watchdog.

SPOKANE COUNCIL DISTRICT 2

(South Spokane)

George J. McGrath (2,269)

Richard Rush (4,032)

Karen Cannon (2,104)

Brad Stark (3,687)
This race has attracted more money than the other two council races combined. Stark garnered more than $21,000, about a quarter of it from Kendall Yards developer Marshall Chesrown or firms affiliated with him. Rush wasn’t far behind with about $18,000. Stark, a Republican, was disavowed by his party last year when he ran for county assessor. A question for November is if he can win back conservative voters or if they stay at home.

SPOKANE COUNCIL DISTRICT 3

(Northwest Spokane)

Lewis G. Griffin (2,184)

Jeremy A. Huston (1,159)

John Waite (1,332)

Steve Corker (4,181)

Dan Peck (1,765)
With the seat open, Corker became the “de facto” incumbent because of his previous council service. Voters were pretty evenly split over the rest of a relatively unknown field; Griffin’s hold on the second spot is solid but not a lock.Corker’s in a stronger position but clearly not a shoo-in. Heavier turnout, more attentive voters and more forums could create different dynamics in the general.

SPOKANE VALLEY COUNCIL

POSITION 3

Rose Dempsey (3,785)

Joseph L. Edwards (2,274)

David Crosby (2,626)
All three are political newcomers, although Edwards held an elected law enforcement position in his native Kentucky. While Crosby’s service on the Planning Commission may make him better known, he has also faced scrutiny for failing to pay his taxes and for accusations of domestic abuse. Growth, transportation and the quest for a city center will likely continue to shape the political debate in the months to come.
CHENEY COUNCIL POSITION 2

Doug Nixon (497)

Patrick Rast (259)

Jason MH Alvarado (177)
The race featured disagreements over how much, if any, growth should be controlled by city leaders.Although he’s the incumbent, Rast is trailing and will be looking for ways to close the gap on Nixon.
CHENEY COUNCIL POSITION 6

Raymond Gawenit (24)

Annette Mather (556)

Tim Gainer (166)

James Wallingford (135)
Public safety emerged as a key issue in this race, possibly because two of the candidates have ties to law enforcement.The race for second place is close, but Maither enjoys a commanding lead over the rest of the field.

ORCHARD PRAIRIE SCHOOL DISTRICT DIRECTOR

POSITION 3

Roy W. Franklin (15)

Ron C. Ilg (38)

Dan J. Cutler (143)
Growth and fear of consolidation into a larger adjoining district are the issues for candidates in this tiny school serving just 70 students in grades kindergarten through seven in northeast Spokane County. Cutler and Ilg, both newcomers, square off in November for the position.

ORCHARD PRAIRIE SCHOOL DISTRICT DIRECTOR

POSITION 4

Tina Sowl (58)

Lorna St. John (86)

Suzanne Savall (50)
Sowl was recently appointed by the current board to fill the vacant position, though longtime prairie resident St. John appears to have the support of the voters in the district. St. John and Sowl advanced to general election.

ORCHARD PRAIRIE SCHOOL DISTRICT DIRECTOR

POSITION 5

Carol Ann Hollar (88)

Tracy Pierson (35)

Erik Highberg (68)
Pierson is president of the school’s parent-teacher association, but voters appear to support incumbent Hollar, who has served on the board for seven years, and Highberg, an attorney who has never run for political office before.Incumbent Hollar and newcomer Highberg advance to November election.

NINE MILE FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT DIRECTOR

POSITION 1

Rhonda K. Hause (116)

Cori Reeves (138)

Scott Chaney (98)
The district will be launching a search for a new superintendent this year. The district also recently won approval of construction bonds to remodel its schools.Hause and Reeves, neither of whom has run for political office before, advance to November ballot.
RIVERSIDE SCHOOL DISTRICT DIRECTOR DISTRICT 2

Larry Moskwik (395)

Steve Queener (243)

Jim Fairbanks (575)
Last year teachers were prepared to strike during tense contract negotiations. Other challenges for the 1,800-student district north of Spokane include a costly increase in the percentage of special education students.Incumbent Moskwik and newcomer Jim Fairbanks advance to general election.

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