City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: Business owner
His pitch: A small-business owner and “progressive Democrat” who will bring an entrepreneurial spirit to City Hall and help Spokane become a digital technology hub.
His words: “The 21st century is not location-based. You don’t have to be in San Francisco. You can be anywhere. Places like Spokane can be winners.”
Neighborhood: Downtown (Riverside)
Day job: Owner, Merlyn’s Comics and Games
Notable experience: Member of the Spokane Business Improvement District board for six years. Former host of MakeGovWork, a public affairs talk show on KYRS.
Education: Graduated from North Central High School, 1983. Bachelor’s degree in humanities from Eastern Washington University, 1998.
- Web: votejohnwaite.com
More about John Waite
Spokane Mayor David Condon had the best primary election night of his elected life Tuesday, but he acknowledged the lopsided vote wasn’t a cause for unbridled celebration. “We all know what that spread means, don’t we,” he said. “We all know what happened four years ago, but I’m very grateful for the results.”
Spokane Mayor David Condon had the best primary election night of his elected life tonight in his quest to re-election.
For the past year, the debate at Spokane City Hall often has devolved into two camps, the mayor versus the City Council. Or, more directly, David Condon versus Ben Stuckart. It’s true that Mayor Condon, who hails from Republican circles, doesn’t always agree with the City Council, which has held a left-leaning, veto-proof voting bloc since last summer. And it’s true that at times Condon and Council President Stuckart have entered into public political fisticuffs over issues including how much Condon’s inner circle at City Hall should be paid and an informal handshake deal between Condon and hotelier Walt Worthy to use city funds to pay for environmental cleanup.
Not more than two blocks from the Davenport Grand Hotel there is an economic revival of small bars, restaurants, an organic grocery, salons, an art-movie house, community advocacy organizations, specialty retail shops and a smattering of housing. It’s a downtown success story that got its start before plans were announced for the new convention center hotel.