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Dave Stevens, a Republican who lost his bid this summer for Spokane County prosecutor to incumbent Republican Steve Tucker and Democrat Frank Malone, said Wednesday that he cast his vote for Malone in the November election.
The vote is a reversal from where Stevens stood after the primary, when he said he supported Tucker because he was concerned that Malone didn’t have the necessary experience for the job. Stevens, who worked under Tucker until Tucker fired him after he announced his candidacy, said he changed his mind after talking to Malone on the phone.
He said Malone assured him that he wouldn’t shake up the staff of deputy prosecuting attorneys.
Stevens is the vice chairman of the Spokane County Republican Party. Asked about his party leadership spot, Stevens said he did not consider his openness about how he voted as an endorsement.
“I get to vote for anyone I want, just like anybody else,” he said.
Thousands of votes are still to be counted from Tuesday’s primary, but along with most races, some lessons are clear.
Lesson 1: It may be uncomfortable to be an incumbent this year, but it’s not fatal. Few incumbents were eliminated in the state’s unusual Top Two primary, but some clearly have their work ahead of them.
Count among them state Sen. Chris Marr, a Spokane businessman who received party acclaim four years ago as the first Democrat to win the seat in Spokane’s 6th District in six decades, but trails GOP challenger Mike Baumgartner in this primary.
Or ask Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker, a three-term Republican incumbent who faced two party challengers and finished second to Democrat Frank Malone.
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and most sitting House members had an easy primary night, five-term Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen is trading the lead with Republican challenger John Koster in northwestern Washington’s 2nd District.
For all the knock against establishment candidates…
Republican voters looking for a little help on the Spokane County prosecutor primary are going to have to do a bit more than just scan the endorsements the candidates list.
After a forum last Monday, the Republicans of Spokane County decided to make a dual endorsement of incumbent Steve Tucker and challenger Chris Bugbee.
This may be particularly UN-helpful because the Spokane County Republican Party has endorsed challenger Dave Stevens.
Confused? It’s necessary to remember that the Republicans of Spokane County is separate from the county Republican Party. The former is an organization of like-minded GOP types, while the latter is the official party structure.
While it is a bit unusual for the official party to endorse someone other than a party member who is the incumbent office holder, as the county GOP did in this race, Stevens is the party’s vice chair.
Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens said early this afternoon that he has officially informed his boss, Prosecutor Steve Tucker, that he is running against him in the August primary.
The meeting, which started about 10:30 a.m., lasted a minute and a half or less, Stevens said.
Stevens said he told Tucker that he was running for prosecutor and Tucker responded: “We’re reading the union contract and considering our options.”
Stevens, who brought two union representatives to the meeting, said he wouldn’t speculate on what Tucker will do.
“I’m going to keep working as hard as I’ve always been working,” he said.
Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens should find out more about his employment status this morning when he meets with his boss, Prosecutor Steve Tucker.
Stevens announced this week that he will challenge Tucker in the August primary. Both are Republicans. On Thursday, Tucker said “all options are on the table” when asked if Stevens would be let go. Tucker also promised to follow the deputy prosecutors’ union contract if he takes action against Stevens.
Today’s meeting between the two is the first between the candidates since Stevens announced.
PHOTO CREDIT: Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker in his office May 26.2006. DAN PELLE, The Spokesman-Review.
Good morning, Netizens…
Thanks to John Olsen for forwarding a copy of the Spokesman piece about Steve Tucker and Dave Stevens.
However, this Spokesman picture of Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens doesn’t really do the job justice after he threw his business card into the ring for this August’s Primary Election, running against his absentee boss, Prosecutor Steve Tucker.
Fortunately, there are several other persons interested in running against Tucker, several of which have not only the technical experience in law enforcement, if not law. Surely we can do better than another term of office for Steve Tucker.
Is it true that Steve Tucker spends more time at The Globe on Division than he does in his office? Just curious.
Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens announced Thursday that he’ll challenge his boss, Prosecutor Steve Tucker, in the August primary.
“Until I came here, I’d never seen a total lack of leadership,” Stevens said in an interview Thursday. “There needs to be a determined leader, not an absent administrator.”
Tucker has filed paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission indicating that he plans to seek reelection. He did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday afternoon.
This week, Stevens, 47, won an endorsement from the Spokane County Republican Party. Michael Cathcart, an executive board member of the party and Stevens’ campaign manager said Tucker has not yet asked for the endorsement from the party. Cathcart said party rules allow for the endorsement of multiple candidates.