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Thu., May 23, 2013

Women get short shrift

I find The Spokesman-Review’s coverage (May 14) of the six candidates who filed Monday for Spokane City Council puzzling. The two women who filed, Candace Mumm and incumbent Amber Waldref, both have achieved outstanding leadership positions.

Mumm was the president of the City’s Plan Commission and is the chief executive officer and owner of a Spokane company. Waldref was vice-chair of her Logan neighborhood and the development director of the Lands Council. While the report opines about the four men, describing them with titles as chairs or owners of companies, you characterize the female candidates as having “involvement” in their respective neighborhoods and community issues.

It’s hard enough to convince women to run for office. The least you can do is give them a level playing field.

Madison Dahlstrom


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