* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.
About The Measure
Proposition 2 will formalize the city’s municipal court in the city charter.
Currently, the court is described only in the city’s municipal code. If approved by voters, the court will be enshrined in the charter, which is the city’s basic guiding document and can only be amended by a vote of the people.
The municipal court has limited jurisdiction over criminal misdemeanor and civil infractions such as parking violations, drunken driving, domestic violence assaults and minor theft.
Howard Delaney, the court’s administrator, said the ballot measure is “really just housekeeping and formalizing what was done by ordinance previously.”
“All this is doing is continuing to formalize the court by putting it in the charter, because it is a branch of government,” said Delaney. “The mayor is detailed in the charter. The council is detailed there. Now the court will be.”
Two ballot measures are before Spokane voters this primary election, one that should be familiar and another that won’t. Proposition 1 will allow the city’s Salary Review Commission to set the mayor’s pay. The measure is the culmination of a heated discussion between Mayor David Condon and the Spokane City Council after the mayor’s 2015 budget proposal included a nearly $7,000 pay raise for his position.
The Spokane City Council is preparing to pass new laws protecting victims of domestic violence against discrimination, while creating a fund to help prevent such violence and prosecute offenders. The action comes as a direct result of last month’s attack at Deaconess Hospital, where a man shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself.