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This map shows why Candace Mumm leads Michael Cannon in the race for the open seat in Spokane's Northwest City Council District. She won more precincts than he did, some of them with bigger margins.
For a more detailed look at the map, click on the document below.
The flood of money into Spokane City Council races is accompanied by campaign accusations flowing to the state agency that oversees election spending.
In the last week at least four complaints have been filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission about Spokane races.
In the aftermath, a political action committee has acknowledged that it did not file proper campaign reports.
The Spokane Republican Party this week accused Citizens for Honest Government, a political action committee that supports the campaigns of Jon Snyder and Candace Mumm, of not properly reporting its spending.
Snyder, an incumbent, is running against former Republican state Rep. John Ahern for a seat representing south Spokane. Mumm is running against Michael Cannon for a seat representing northwest Spokane.
Melissa Carpenter, Citizens for Honest Government’s treasurer, said Thursday that the PAC did not intend to hide any expenditures and that it would “take steps to rectify the situation immediately.” She also noted that the PAC reported the expenditures on other reports to the PDC.
Rules require that PACs to report much of their spending on behalf of candidates within 24 hours. But Citizens for Honest Government didn’t report how it spend nearly $50,000 until it filed a required summary report earlier this week.
It shouldn’t be any surprise that Candace Mumm topped all the candidates for Spokane’s Northwest City Council seat. Her two main opponents lean Republican and were bound to split the vote.
Topping 50 percent in a four-way race, however, is a win of sorts for her and clearly puts her as the front-runner for November.
On the other hand, Mumm was actively involved in this campaign:
So we assume Mumm knows that she can’t take Tuesday’s win for granted.
That's because for one, summer turnout is low and few are paying attention. For another, the votes for third-place finisher Curtis Fackler are likely to go to Mumm’s November opponent, Mike Cannon. Perhaps most importantly, the race is likely to have an unprecedented amount of attention for a single City Council election, making it hard to know where the race goes from here.
The most contested race in this year’s three races for Spokane City Council seats is almost certain to be in the Northwest council district.
One seat in each of the three districts will be on the ballot this year, but the position in the Northwest district already is attracting the most candidates.
That’s largely because incumbent City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin is term limited, leaving the seat open. The other two seats on the ballot are represented by council members Jon Snyder and Amber Waldref, who are running for reelection.
As of Thursday, two candidates had announced candidacies with the state Public Disclosure Commission for the seat representing South Spokane (District 2), three candidates had filed for the seat representing Northeast Spokane (District 1) and four had filed for the seat representing Northwest Spokane (District 3).
The fight for McLaughlin’s seat should be all the more contentious because of the close split on the current City Council between members with backing from the Republican and Democratic parties. There have been several high-profile 4-3 votes in the past year that favor the Republican-leaning members.
Read on for info on the four candidates who have announced their intentions to run for the seat.