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Sheriff’s ‘support’ falls in gray area

A testament to the popularity of Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich may be the level to which candidates for Spokane County prosecutor are seeking his support. The situation came to a head last week when incumbent Steve Tucker announced during a debate that he had the support of Knezovich. Asked to clarify that support, Tucker made it clear that the sheriff has not endorsed his candidacy.

Political newcomers hope to oust Ormsby

Two newcomers to politics say it’s time for a change in the state House seat held by veteran Democrat Timm Ormsby. But Ormsby, who has held the 3rd District position since 2003, points to his experience and says having spent most of his life in Spokane, he’s intimately knowledgeable of how the state can assist what is often labeled Washington’s poorest legislative district.

3rd Legislative District (position 2) candidates, issues

Hector E. Martinet Personal: 46, no party preference. Born in California. Moved to Spokane in 1990. Divorced. Has three grown children.

Childhood learning tax qualifies for ballot

A property tax to raise money for early childhood learning, abuse prevention, treatment and other programs to help lower the dropout rate will likely be on the ballot in November.

3rd Legislative District (Position 1) candidates, issues

Personal: 54, Democrat. Born in Spokane. Single. No children. Education: Graduated from Ferris High School in 1975.

Retirement creates opportunity in 3rd

Speculation that Rep. Alex Wood might retire after more than a decade representing central Spokane in the state House of Representatives sparked vast interest in the seat among Democrats. After all, the 3rd Legislative District is Eastern Washington’s most reliably Democratic district.

5th Congressional District candidates, issues

To allow readers to compare and contrast the congressional candidates for Eastern Washington’s 5th District on several issues, The Spokesman-Review asked all six the same five questions: • What changes, if any, would you support for the health care reform that passed this year?

Democrats have tough task in 5th Congressional District

Consider the plight of the Democrats trying to take back Eastern Washington’s congressional seat, a spot they once held for 30 years. Until a few days before filing week opened June 7, they had no announced candidate and no hope of wresting the seat from three-term Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a former state legislator who advanced rapidly into GOP leadership circles within the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Senate candidates, issues

To allow readers to compare and contrast the main candidates for the U.S. Senate on several issues, The Spokesman-Review asked the three main Republican challengers and the incumbent Democrat the same five questions:

Senate run reasoning ranges from pot to God

For sheer variety, it’s hard to beat this year’s U.S. Senate race. And I’m not talking about the candidates you’ve likely heard of. There’s a doctor, a lawyer, a physicist, a retired bank worker, a retired postal worker, a retired iron worker. Some are serious people in a first try for office; others are less serious and have run many times.

Strategies vary in Murray challenge

The summary of the Aug. 17 primary in Washington’s U.S. Senate race can be viewed as: A. Incumbent Democrat Patty Murray against a field of 14 challengers, one of whom gets enough votes to run against her in the fall.

U.S. Senate race: The rest of the pack


Ad smacks Murray in the sneakers


Catch the candidates: At Emerson-Garfield


Liquor initiative has enough signatures

OLYMPIA – Secretary of State Sam Reed has certified one of two liquor privatization measures to the ballot. Supporters of Initiative 1100 turned in more than 390,000 voter signatures, well above the 241,000 required. A random check of signatures was completed Friday.

I-1100 officially on Nov. 2 ballot