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Primary election creates odd bedfellows

When he announced his candidacy for Spokane County prosecutor, Dave Stevens called the incumbent, Steve Tucker, an “absent administrator.” But after coming in fourth in a six-way primary, Stevens said this week he will endorse Tucker for prosecutor in the November election.

O’Quinn finish triggers hunches, but map telling

Every campaign worth a darn leaves a losing candidate’s supporters with some hard feelings, nagging questions and what ifs. So Shelly O’Quinn’s third-place finish in a 6th Legislative District House race understandably vexes some folks who believe she has great potential to be a rising GOP star. As they ponder why she lost, some apparently have a theory that Democratic perfidy helped do her in.

Shenanigans in the 6th? Numbers suggest no


O’Quinn not saying if she will back Ahern


Election roundup: Murray, Rossi tie on the gloves

Sen. Patty Murray will face Dino Rossi in the November general election, continuing the fight for a U.S. Senate seat that started even before the Republican former legislator got into the race in May. With hundreds of thousands of ballots still to count, Murray was pulling down the most votes Tuesday night in the state’s top-two primary, and Rossi was a somewhat distant second, but far ahead of tea party favorite Clint Didier, a former NFL player turned Eltopia farmer. Bellingham businessman Paul Akers ran a distant fourth.

Ahern and Driscoll - police ombudsman, global warming, abortion

6th Legislative District incumbent John Driscoll and challenger John Ahern discuss police ombudsman rules, global warming and their stances on abortion in separate interviews.

O’Quinn campaign clarifies statements on polling data

The campaign of Republican legislative candidate Shelly O’Quinn, which claimed in e-mails to GOP officials that polls showed her “blowing away the competition,” acknowledged Thursday that no such specific polling exists. The revelation came after a complaint was filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission, questioning why O’Quinn’s campaign hadn’t listed polling expenses even though O’Quinn’s campaign manager had boasted about poll data in e-mails. Polling expenses must be reported under state law.

Shelly O’Quinn calls district home

A legislative candidate who moved into the Spokane-area district she wants to represent just months before filing notice that she would run is dismissing as a nonissue criticism questioning her short-term residency. Shelly O’Quinn, who grew up in Spokane Valley, moved to a South Hill rental home with her family in April 2009. In September, she filed notice with the state Public Disclosure Commission that she was running for the 6th Legislative District House seat now held by Democrat John Driscoll.

6th Legislative District

John E. Ahern Personal: 75. Republican. Married. Has three grown children.

Newcomer battles familiar faces in 6th

Two years ago John Driscoll beat four-term incumbent state Rep. John Ahern by only 72 votes. This year, the two face off again in the August primary, along with political newcomer Shelly O’Quinn in a three-way primary that has been one of the most contentious for local Republicans.

6th candidates won’t debate before primary

It’s one of the most contested primaries in Eastern Washington, but voters won’t get a chance to see a debate of the candidates for the state House seat representing the 6th Legislative District before the Aug. 17 primary. The one debate that was scheduled for incumbent Democrat John Driscoll and Republicans Shelly O’Quinn and John Ahern was canceled after Driscoll and Ahern decided not to participate. Unlike her opponents, O’Quinn has refused to participate in video interviews on campaign issues with The Spokesman-Review.

GOP hopeful’s speech secretly taped, posted

It’s the case of the unknown videographer, and it highlights the tension between the campaigns of legislative candidates John Ahern and Shelly O’Quinn. A low-tech video of O’Quinn speaking to the Friday Morning Republican Breakfast Club was posted on YouTube in early May. O’Quinn said she was unaware she was being recorded.

Primary for 6th will be debateless

It’s one of the most contested primaries in Eastern Washington, but voters won’t get a chance to see a debate of the candidates for the state House seat representing the 6th Legislative District before the Aug. 17 primary.

O’Quinn video on YouTube causes stir in GOP


Editorial: O’Quinn has right attitude for leadership

Voters in Spokane’s 6th Legislative District seemed torn two years ago. Faced with a choice between four-term Republican incumbent John Ahern and Democratic newcomer John Driscoll, they made a change, but not decisively. The election for the House seat came down to a scant 74 votes out of more than 70,000 cast. Voters in the traditionally Republican district appeared weary of Ahern’s rigid ideology. Many of them were ready to take a chance on a Democrat with free-market sympathies and ties to the city’s health care community.

Ahern and Driscoll - Candy taxes

Incumbent John Driscoll and challenger John Ahern discuss the candy tax in separate interviews.

Ahern and Driscoll - North Spokane Freeway, health care

Incumbent John Driscoll and challenger John Ahern discuss the North Spokane Freeway and health care.

Ahern and Driscoll - budget shortfalls

Incumbent John Driscoll and challenger John Ahern discuss budget shortfalls in separate interviews.