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For the second time in four years, Washington voters are being asked to set tougher standards for the people who care for some of the state’s most vulnerable residents. But unlike 2008, when the state was coming off a string of years in which revenue regularly outpaced planned expenses, voters in 2011 are being asked to make the state take on new programs when it is cutting existing ones.
Following is a summary of The Spokesman-Review’s endorsements for the general election. To read the full endorsements online, go to spokesman.com/tags/ 2011-endorsement. For full election coverage, go to spokesman.com/elections. City of Spokane
County commissioners couldn’t say a word this week when business leaders appealed for help in defending Fairchild Air Force Base. They were gagged by an agreement to remain silent in exchange for payments to offset the effects of a proposed Spokane Tribe casino and hotel development.
Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and David Condon, former district director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, debate proposal to build a electric bus or trolley system in central Spokane. Condon is challenging Verner’s bid for re-election.
Spokane County’s Risk Management Department brings December to the Deer Park Airport all summer long. That’s where the department uses a spider-like “SkidCar” on an unused runway to teach employees how to drive on slick roads while the pavement is still dry.
Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and David Condon, former district director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, debate the how well the city has negotiated with city unions. Condon is challenging Verner’s bid for re-election.
Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and David Condon, former district director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, debate the city’s handling of the Otto Zehm cases. Condon is challenging Verner’s bid for re-election.
Get ready for the final stretch of the 2011 election season. In Washington, ballots for the Nov. 8 general election have begun arriving in the mail. Idaho voters still cast their ballots at the polls.
Spokane voters likely will have plenty of chances in the next few weeks to see David Condon on TV. The candidate who is challenging Spokane Mayor Mary Verner has spent more than $40,000 on TV advertisements, according to campaign filings with the state Public Disclosure Commission.
Primary election voters in Spokane didn’t seem eager for a change. They gave incumbent Mayor Mary Verner a big victory over her opponents and former Mayor Dennis Hession a first-place win for City Council president as they head to November.
After a packed, six-way primary, voters in northeast Spokane have two unconventional choices to fill the Spokane City Council seat that will be vacated at the end of the year by Bob Apple. Both candidates have clashed with City Hall and were probably the biggest critics of existing city leadership among those who ran in the primary. Both have a bankruptcy in their pasts. Both have longtime ties to Northeast Spokane and have led neighborhood councils. Both have the backing of one council member who serves the district.
The race to represent Northwest Spokane has turned into one about priorities. Is the top priority jobs, as Steve Salvatori argues, or is jobs one of many priorities, as Joy Jones says?
Candidates for Spokane City Council responded to 20 questions from The Spokesman-Review soon after filing to run for office. Because only two candidates filed to run for the Northwest seat, there wasn’t a primary and none of the responses given by Steve Salvatori and Joy Jones ran in the print edition until today. To read more questions and responses, go to The Spokesman-Review’s Election Center at spokesman.com/elections.