November 7, 2007 in City

Breaking down the ballots

The Spokesman-Review


Candidates: Dennis Hession, Mary Verner

Although he didn’t concede Tuesday, Hession has an uphill battle to keep his job at City Hall. After the first day’s count, he was down 18,064 to 15,172.

Hession raised and spent nearly three times as much as Verner. He got much more from professionals and the development community; she got big boosts from public employee unions.
This was the first Spokane mayoral race since 1989 in which both candidates were elected city officials. If Verner wins, she’ll take office as soon as the votes are certified because Hession was appointed to the office.



Candidates: Barbara Lampert, Joe Shogan
Shogan, the appointed council president, easily defeated perennial candidate Lampert, 21,742 to 9,491. Lampert argued that she would better run meetings. Shogan said he had a record of strong leadership. Tuesday was the second time Shogan has defeated Lampert. In 2003, he won 78 percent of the vote in the contest for the northwest City Council seat.



Northeast Spokane

Candidates: Bob Apple, Donna McKereghan
Voters in northeast Spokane gave Apple a second term with a tally of 4,818 to McKereghan’s 3,375. Apple promoted the creation of a “meth jail” to help break the cycle between drugs and crime. McKereghan said she would help bring openness and accountability to City Hall.Apple runs a small roofing and construction company. McKereghan is a former college instructor and Logan Neighborhood Council leader.



South Spokane

Candidates: Richard Rush, Brad Stark
South Spokane’s District 2 appeared headed toward ousting incumbent Stark in favor of Rush, who won Tuesday’s counting 6,258 to 5,406. Rush came in first in the August primary for the seat in a four-way contest.Stark raised more contributions for the race than any other City Council candidate, reaching about $48,000 – $18,000 more than Rush.



Northwest Spokane

Candidates: Steve Corker, Lewis Griffin
In northwest Spokane’s District 3, Corker has the edge with a 6,267 to 5,635 lead over Griffin. If he holds on, Corker will return to City Council after a four-year absence. The race was the first run for elected office for Griffin, the former city administrator for Liberty Lake.The winner takes office later this month when the election is certified because the incumbent, Rob Crow, is an appointee. Corker raised about $14,000 in contributions; Griffin raised about $13,000


Candidates: Steve Taylor, Tom Towey

Taylor easily fought off the write-in candidacy from Towey. He received 7,330 votes by the end of Tuesday’s count. That compares with 2,639 voters who wrote in a candidate for the office. Most of those probably went to Towey, though they likely won’t be counted up because of Taylor’s large margin of victory. Taylor is the legislative director for homebuilders and Realtors organizations.Towey, a retired supermarket manager, ran the first organized write-in campaign in the young city’s history. Taylor had his old boss, former U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt, on a recording urging residents to vote for him.


Candidates: David Crosby, Rose Dempsey
Dempsey won the seat easily over Crosby, 6,512 to 4,506 at the end of Tuesday’s count. Concerns over the pace of development in the new city have fueled the Position 3 race between Crosby, a member of the planning commission, and Dempsey, a church music directorCrosby spent about $13,000 on his campaign; Dempsey told the PDC she planned to spend no more than $3,500.


Candidates: Kevin Richey, Ron Welker for Position 5; John Holloway, Clancy Mullins for Position 7.
Kevin Richey was ineligible because he hasn’t lived in the city long enough, but he had had a 153-64 lead over Ron Welker, who tried to drop out of the race because he was planning to move out of the city. Position 7 incumbent John Holloway – who has been a city employee, appointee or council member since 1976 – had a 129-108 lead over challenger Clancy Mullins.If Richey wins, the seat will be declared vacant and the council will appoint someone to fill the position. Welker said he’ll probably stay in the city and serve on the council if he wins.

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