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KHQ Election Night 2017 coverage

KHQ Local News 2017 Election Night coverage, including reporting from Spokesman-Review reporters Kip Hill and Jim Camden.

Election Day has arrived but most voters have yet to cast ballots

Only about 17 percent of ballots across the state, and a slightly better though still dismal 22 percent of ballots in Spokane County, had been turned in.

No one wanted to serve on the Latah Town Council in May; now 5 percent of the town is on the ballot

A few months ago, it seemed no one wanted to be the mayor of Latah or a member of the Town Council.

Wrapping up the races: Tuesday’s off-year election to decide city council contests

The general election ballot full of candidates for city offices as well as some school board and a few legislative positions.

In November election, former Fairfield public works director challenges mayor who fired him

Derek Knecht has said he wants to be the mayor of Fairfield to “bring back honesty, integrity, accountability and transparency.” Anonymously, others have insinuated that he’s running with “vengeance in mind.”

Spin Control: Holding on to that ballot to get more info on candidates? We’ve got places you can look

For voters who haven’t cast ballots – which is to say, most of them – here’s some help in finding information about the candidates and issues in the 2017 general election.

Fundraising, outside spending reach historic highs in Spokane City Council races

For the first time in at least a decade, spending by outside groups in this year’s City Council races reached all corners of the city. Through Friday, more than $372,000 had been raised for the three of the contests that will be decided next week, with 1 in 4 of those dollars coming from a group working independently of the candidates.

Incumbent East Valley School Board member challenged by man with minor criminal record

Incumbent East Valley School Board member Justin Voelker says his experience on the board, as a hospital executive and as a parent makes him the best choice in the November election.

Council candidate Kate Burke’s story of sexual harassment prompts apology from political ally Ben Stuckart

The candidate for Spokane’s City Council seat in the northeast said she accepts the council president’s invitation to work on sexual harassment policies at City Hall, after she was critical of his response to her own story of harassment by former City Councilman Richard Rush. Burke said she’s having to unfairly answer questions about the timing of her story, given the approaching election.

East Valley School Board candidate supports laptop initiative that incumbent opposed

Of the several differences between the two candidates for the East Valley School Board, district 4, the most apparent is age. Incumbent school board member Fred Helms is 77 years old, but his challenger, Emily Provencio, is 18 years old.

Challenger in Whitworth Water District race says commission running well

A biology professor looks to bring her water quality knowledge to the Whitworth Water District Commission, position 1, as she runs against an incumbent who wants to localize decisions on water management. Incumbent Rick Koller said he has concerns over a state Supreme Court ruling that requires counties to ensure new wells won’t have a negative impact on water availability. He agrees with the concept, but said in practice it has become a “bureaucratic mess,” carried out by “people who have never drilled a well before.”

Beggs’ defense of controversial magazine case in 1990s draws criticism from political foes

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs was part of a legal defense team that earned a $1.3 million judgment against a Whatcom County prosecutor targeting a bookstore for its sale of a magazine issue focusing on rape in 1995. The chair of the Spokane County Republicans, with support from several prominent conservatives on social media, is accusing Beggs’ involvement as a defense of hate speech, despite clear court victories indicating authorities were attempting to violate Constitutional rights.

Incumbent Medical Lake councilwoman stands by sheriff’s contract; challenger open to forming police department

The two candidates for position 2 on the Medical Lake City Council agree the city’s fire department needs paid staff, but they disagree on how to provide law enforcement to the town. Incumbent Elizabeth Rosenbeck, 54, aims to retain her seat on City Council against candidate John Merrick. She was appointed to the council in 2016 to fill the late Howard Jorgensen’s position.

Medical Lake City Council candidates disagree on creating police department

Theodore Olson and Gary Plumlee are running for Medical Lake City Council, Position 5.

Medical Lake candidates say more study is needed before changing course on law enforcement

Both candidates for position 4 on the Medical Lake City Council say more study is needed before abandoning the city’s partnership with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Don Kennedy, a resident of 21 years and retired attorney, said that as debate continues about a possible end to Medical Lake’s contract with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, his main objective is maintaining an economically responsible budget.

Council candidate Howes offers free pizza for controversial campaign mailer

The northwest Spokane pizzeria owner said he’s trying to put a positive spin on a campaign ad he called “slanderous and uncalled-for.”

Whitworth Water commission candidates anticipate increased demand

Both candidates for a vacant Whitworth Water District Commission seat tout their backgrounds in construction and utilities as evidence they can serve a district entering a period of increased demand for coverage and new management. Dave Tewel, one of the candidates, said a big challenge the district faces is more requests for water from areas that are remote, but still within the district’s bounds. He said the necessary infrastructure for this expansion would drive rates up.

Accusations of mudslinging, bullying in contentious Spokane Valley City Council race

The race for Spokane Valley City Council Position 2 is heating up, and so is the rhetoric between its two candidates.

Spin Control: Some answers to questions about those advisory votes on the ballot

Three advisory measures sit atop the ballot for Washington voters.

Contenders in Spokane Valley Fire Commission race focus on finances

For Spokane Valley Fire Board Commissioner Patrick Burch and challenger Stan Chalich, serving the community and ensuring the fire department’s financial longevity is a common goal. Burch, 54, was appointed to the fire board of commissioners in July 2016. Burch has more than nine years of community service experience within the fire department. He served on the Community Emergency Response Team and was a team leader with the Fire Corps, a volunteer group that provides firefighter support services.