Following is a summary of The Spokesman-Review’s endorsements for the general election. To read the full endorsements online, go to spokesman.com/tags/ 2011-endorsement. For full election coverage, go to spokesman.com/elections.
City of Spokane
Mayor: David Condon
Best hope for pushing forward on economic development while pushing back on public employee compensation.
Council President: Ben Stuckart
Fresh perspective and ideas make him the better choice.
Council District 1: Donna McKereghan
Superior experience and practical outlook give her the nod over fringe ideologue.
Council District 2: Mike Allen
City needs his business sense and commitment to accountability.
Council District 3: Steve Salvatori
Business-oriented perspective gives him the advantage.
Proposition 1 (Community Bill of Rights): No
Fanciful wish list would be completely unworkable in the real world.
City of Spokane Valley
Council Position 2: Dean Grafos
Possesses sharp eye for the bottom line; looks out for small business.
Council Position 3: Dee Dee Loberg
Boundless energy, different viewpoint would challenge lockstep council.
Council Position 6: Ben Wick
Adds needed regional perspective to discussions.
Measure 1 (animal control facility): Yes
Small property levy worth it to regionalize and modernize animal control.
Spokane Public Schools
School board: Deana Brower
Deep commitment and positive approach elevate her over potentially divisive opponent.
District 4: Mike Padden
Conservative record and superior experience make him a good fit for district.
Initiative 1125 (tolls): No
Limitations on West Side tolls would come back to haunt Eastern Washington transportation projects.
Initiative 1163 (home health workers): No
Given all of the budget cuts ahead, mandating spending on training is a low priority.
Initiative 1183 (liquor privatization): Yes
Public safety fears overblown. Governments would gain revenue; consumers would gain choices.
Senate Joint Resolution 8205 (residency requirement): Yes
House-cleaning measure to standardize residency requirement for all election contests.
Senate Joint Resolution 8206 (budget stabilization): Yes
Would ensure larger reserves and smooth out budgeting roller coaster.