September 22, 2009 in City

Audio: City Council candidates Nancy McLaughlin, Karen Kearney debate

For northwest Spokane district seat
The Spokesman-Review
 
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Karen Kearney, left, and Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin are running for the council’s northwest district seat.
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Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin and her challenger in the 2009 election, Karen Kearney, joined reporter Jonathan Brunt in The Spokesman-Review newsroom Sept. 22 for an informal debate.

Click here to listen to the full debate (about 70 minutes) or use the headings below to listen to the candidates respond to questions on specific questions.

Introductions

Nancy McLaughlin

Karen Kearney

Five Mile Rosauers’ roof collapse

Karen, you were critical of city officials’ response to the snow in remember. Please comment.

Karen Kearney

Nancy McLaughlin’s response

City budget

The biggest issue facing the city is the 2010 budget. … How do you propose the city raise an extra $1 million dollars to plug the gap for 2010?

Nancy McLaughlin

Karen Kearney

City unions contract

Karen, you said you would have voted for city union contracts negotiated by Mayor Mary Verner. Why?

Karen Kearney

Nancy McLaughlin’s response

Transportation priorities

Please rank these transportation funding issues in order of importance: improving, local streets, finishing the north Spokane freeway and developing light rail.

Nancy McLaughlin

Karen Kearney, with discussion of local streets funding

Followup question to McLaughlin on streets funding

Response by Kearney on McLaughlin’s comments

Sites for Little League fields

In light of resistance to placing Little League fields on landfill land in northwest Spokane (June 16 story), where should Little League fields be placed?

Karen Kearney

Nancy McLaughlin

Digital signs, bus-bench advertising

Nancy, you voted for sign ordinance that allows digital signs that change once per second and for bus benches with advertising. Explain your votes on those issues.

Nancy McLaughlin

Karen Kearney response

Police ombudsman

Karen, you said you support the creation of a police ombudsman but agree with the mayor that it’s not time to negotiate with the unions to create investigatory powers for that position. Why is that?

Karen Kearney

Nancy McLaughlin’s response

Otto Zehm

There’s been some controversy about the city’s legal handling of the Otto Zehm civil and criminal cases. Do you support the way the city has handled this?

Nancy McLaughlin

Karen Kearney

Fluoridation

Do you support examining whether fluoride should be in the water?

Karen Kearney

Nancy McLaughlin

City of Spokane’s sustainability plan

Nancy, in the spring you voted against the mayor’s sustainability plan. Could you explain why you voted that way?

Nancy McLaughlin

Karen Kearney’s response

Both of you have suggested you don’t necessarily agree with the idea that human activity is causing global warming. Can you explain that?

Karen Kearney

Nancy McLaughlin

Fire Chief Bobby Williams

Karen, you’ve said you think it’s time for Bobby Williams to leave the Fire Department. Why do you feel that way?

Karen Kearney

Nancy McLaughlin’s response

Campaign donors

Each of you face criticism for your campaign support from certain groups. Address those concerns.

Nancy McLaughlin

Karen Kearney

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