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Stevens remains employed, but Tucker reviewing “options”

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.

Tucker, Stevens scheduled for morning meeting

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.

Dave Stevens files for his boss’s job…

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.


Dave



Stevens will challenge Tucker for Spokane County prosecutor

Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens announced Thursday that he’ll challenge his boss, Prosecutor Steve Tucker, in the August primary.

Both Tucker and Stevens are Republicans, and the battle is off to a tough start.

“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.

Tucker: Not just ‘No’

Prosecutor Steve Tucker and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich made their best pitches for some wiggle room on budget cuts Tuesday night. Maybe dip into the budget reserve, or borrow from money set aside for streets. After all, what good are streets if they aren’t safe to drive on. How much rainier does it have to get before you use the rainy day fund?

County commissioners responded with praise for the work that they and their staff do.

And no to any give on the budget cuts, or using the budget reserve, which would lower the bond rating and up the cost of borrowing money.

Sounded like a No? Tucker was asked outside the hearing room as TV cameras were set up.

“Sounded like a no — and a lecture on tax policy” Tucker replied.