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Can Queen Mary beat the history of re-election?



Good morning, Netizens...


The preliminary results are in for the primary election and Queen Mary Verner has taken a substantial lead over David Condon by 61% of the votes for Verner compared to Condon's 32%. The voters have spoken, and have chosen to ignore Mayor Verner's culpability and/or knowledge of the Otto Zehm affair. In a low-news-week, that by itself would be significant, but the voters do not seem to remember Otto Zehm as much as remembering our Mayor's deft avoidance of what she knew, when she knew it, and her involvement with the Spokane police involved in Zehm's murder.


Of course, I'll never forget the deplorable condition we currently find our city budget in these days. Or the dreadful mess of snow removal and street repair. But I have Queen Mary's masterful manipulation of City Hall public relations to convince me these are both minor issues.


If she is elected next November, it would break the unspoken rule that most Spokane Mayors in the past have been elected for one term.


This could be one of the most interesting mayoral elections in many years. Then I am also closely watching the Fagan-McKereghan results for City Council, as well, as I informally interviewed McKereghan some time back and found her to be an intellectual heavyweight in a town seemingly filled with mediocre political hacks. Of course, your results may differ.



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