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Eugster, Allen running in South Spokane

The City Council race in South Spokane went from nothing to the potential for "really something" Friday morning as former Councilman Steve Eugster announced he'd run and incumbent Mike Allen said he'd seek the seat to which he was appointed

That sets up a competition between two candidates with "street cred" for the voters but with very different styles.

Eugster, a local attorney and government watchdog, served from 2000-2004, during one of the most contentious periods in city government as it shifted from a city manager form of government to a strong mayor and councilmembers elected by district. There was also that minor controversy known as River Park Square....

He acknowledged there may still be some people with negative opinions about him from that earlier stint on the council, but believes there are far more with positive opinions. And the public may prefer the fireworks of that previous council to the current sessions.

"The 'Era of Good Feelings' is putting us all to sleep,'" Eugster said.

Allen, an EWU executive, has served during a much more tranquil time politically, but challenging economically. He wants to win a four-year term to work on a comprehensive plan for city services, revenues and expenses, and a comprehensive strategy for economic development.

Allen, appointed to the seat vacated when Mary Verner became mayor, said he has served notice this week that he was resigning from his job because he plans to run. He'll make a formal announcement in early May

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.