City: Spokane, WA
Why running: The central reason Cruz has jumped into the race is to deal with the property crime and public safety in the community, but he is also motivated by a desire to to provide new leadership in City Hall.
His pitch: Cruz would be transparent and open with the public. If elected, he would institute “Mondays with the Mayor,” a weekly two-hour gathering in the lobby of Ccity Hall during which any resident could bring an issue to the mayor’s attention.
“A lot of people feel threatened and afraid to go to City Hall, and I don’t think that should be the way.”
As Mayor, Cruz pledges to draw a $90,000 salary and donate the remainder to charity.
Education: Graduated from North Central High School in 1978. Completed Spokane Home Builders journeyman carpentry program.
Political experience: Has not held political office. Former chairman of West Central Neighborhood Council, current Chairman of Spokane C.O.P.S. and former chairman of the West Central Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Coalition.
Work experience: Retired, formerly a carpenter.
Family: Unmarried. Has no children.
- Web: cruzforcouncil.com
Call it a race for supremacy at City Hall. A tug of war between the mayor and City Council president. Just don’t call it boring.
Dozens if not hundreds of fliers left on cars and doorsteps against Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin’s campaign for state Senate could violate state disclosure law. The black-and-white fliers that appear to be printed with a copy machine or computer printer criticize McLaughlin, a Republican, for her vote in support of revoking the alcohol impact area in the West Central neighborhood. One version of the flier said, “Nancy McLaughlin voted for fortified malt liquor sales over safe neighborhoods. We don’t need that kind of representation in Olympia.”