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  • Claims checked in Pace-Schimmels council race

    Spokane Valley City Council candidate Ed Pace has taken aim at incumbent Gary Schimmels in a blog post on his campaign website, www.electedpace.com. The post, “My opponent has drifted away …


  • Pace leads in fundraising

    With the primary election over, most candidates have turned their attention to raising money for the November general election. Some Spokane Valley City Council candidates have been more successful in …


  • Spokane Valley incumbent faces newcomer

    Spokane Valley City Council incumbent Gary Schimmels is advancing to the November general election, where he will face challenger Ed Pace. Schimmels has been on the council since the city …


  • Fire District 9 incumbent loses primary

    The initial primary election results are in and show that appointed incumbent John Bjork lost his bid to keep his seat on the Spokane County Fire District 9 board of …


  • Incumbents survive their primary challenges

    Washington voters – or at least the relative few that cast ballots in the summer primary – seemed willing to stick with the familiar Tuesday. Turnout was light in most …


  • Three in running for Fire District 9 spot

    All three candidates for the open commissioner seat in Spokane County Fire District 9 say there is no controversial issue driving interest in the race, but a recent vacancy on …


  • East Valley positions teem with candidates

    When it comes to school boards, incumbents often go unchallenged come election time. This was the case two years ago in the East Valley School District when the two incumbents …


  • Advisory votes, cost on the rise

    OLYMPIA – Washington voters will be asked in November what they think about five tax increases. What legislators do with that knowledge is pretty much up to them, because the …


  • City Council’s balance could hinge on District 3 race

    Call it a race for supremacy at City Hall. A tug of war between the mayor and City Council president. Just don’t call it boring.


  • Spokane City Council 2nd District candidates disparate

    Jon Snyder knows he’s in a fight for his political life. His two opponents in the race to represent Spokane City Council District 2, John Ahern and LaVerne Biel, are …


  • Appointed senator to face two challengers in 7th District

    Most years, it’s considered an advantage to hold the office you are seeking in the upcoming election. Brian Dansel and Mike Brunson, who are challenging appointed Sen. John Smith for …


  • Three vie for Spokane Valley City Council spot in primary

    Spokane Valley Deputy Mayor Gary Schimmels, who has served on the City Council since the city incorporated in 2003, appears to have lost favor among the Positive Change group that …


  • Council hopeful loses challenge over residency

    The troubled candidacy of Mark Hamilton came to an end Friday. A Superior Court judge ruled that Hamilton failed to meet residency requirements for a Spokane City Council seat and …


  • Spin Control: When all else fails, candidates shouldn’t whine

    The lineup card for the August primary shows we’re fielding quite a few rookie candidates for local office this year. Welcome to the ring. Watch out for all those hats …


  • Competition fills small town elections

    Brewing controversies are making for unusually contentious elections in some small Spokane County towns. Former Rockford town council member Steve Meyer is running to unseat Mayor Micki Harnois.


  • Council position 4 has three hopefuls

    The upcoming Spokane Valley City Council elections promise to be lively. Every incumbent has a challenger and most are familiar faces. Only Position 4 has more than two candidates, requiring …


  • From wannabe to never-was in five easy steps

    Washington political candidates have until Friday to make their pipe dreams official by filing their intent to run for local office. Welcome to Delusion Week.


  • Vestal: Anti-school message hits the road with Alton money

    If you thought that Duane Alton’s anti-schools campaign had slowed down since it took a drubbing at the ballot box last fall, think again. It just shifted the battle ground …


  • Groups hope to place initiatives on city ballot

    Envision Spokane hopes the third time is a charm. The group was one of two that filed signatures this week with Spokane City Clerk Teri Pfister to place initiatives on …


  • Council members break email rules

    Two Spokane City Council members have apologized for using their city email accounts to send campaign messages. Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart and Amber Waldref sent electronic newsletters to …

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