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Oil trains at forefront of Spokane City Council race between Breean Beggs and Andy Dunau

Breean Beggs squares off against Andy Dunau in a contest for one of the most liberal-leaning areas of town. Dunau casts himself as a centrist, and says Beggs’ support of a rail initiative fining coal and oil trains is evidence the council doesn’t reflect the values of the city. Beggs says he’s concerned about safety and has worked to improve relationships at City Hall.

Deer Park candidates hope to increase law enforcement presence

As Deer Park continues to grow in size, candidates for the mayorship both hope to increase the amount of deputies patrolling and attract more businesses to the area.

Liberty Lake City Council candidates disagree on community center

In a burgeoning city expected to reach or exceed its proposed size in the next few years, Liberty Lake City Council candidates list growing pains as their largest concern.

Ed Pace, Ben Wick disagree on vaccination proposal as they seek second term on Spokane Valley Council

Spokane Valley Councilman Ed Pace tries for a second term while former Councilman Ben Wick tries to return to office.

Council candidate backs Liberty Lake overpass expansion; his opponent no longer wants seat

Though Mike Kennedy has no personal experience as an elected official, he’s been behind the political scenes of Spokane and Liberty Lake for years, he said. Now he’s a candidate for position 6 on the Liberty Lake City Council. His opponent, Dylan McGuire, says he no longer wants to win the seat, citing an unexpected workload increase at his job. However, he decided to withdraw after the deadline, so his name remains on the ballot, and he is eligible to win the seat.

Spokane County Superior Court candidate decries judicial election system her opponent embraces

The race for a Spokane County Superior Court judgeship is partly about the race itself. Jocelyn Cook, who is vying to unseat incumbent Judge Tony Hazel in the November election, argues that the process of voting for a judge – an elected official who should be impartial and devoid of party affiliation – is a deeply flawed procedure.

Spokane Valley councilman who didn’t disclose juvenile felony charges when appointed hoping to retain seat

Drug and alcohol abuse have affected two Spokane Valley City Council candidates in very different ways.

City prosecutor charged with DUI makes rare public appearance at campaign forum

In a rare public appearance, city prosecutor Adam Papini chose to face a roomful of his peers to talk openly about his beleaguered campaign as a candidate for municipal court judge.

[Sold out!] Tickets available for Spokane candidate forum, Pints and Politics

Just before ballots arrive in the mail, all candidates competing for Spokane City Council and Spokane School Board seats will participate in a casual candidate forum.

Northeast Spokane City Council candidates campaigning in defiance of partisan labels

Kate Burke and Tim Benn say the problems facing the district they hope to represent transcend party politics. But a clear ideological divide has sprouted around their candidacies.

Medical Lake schools board candidate plans to learn on the job

Lifetime Medical Lake resident Leo Spilker believes learning on the job is the best way to prepare for leadership, a strategy he intends to use in the race for Medical Lake School Board, District 1. Spilker, who spent 28 years working as an attendant at Eastern State Hospital, has been involved in the local branch of the Washington State Federation of State Employees as vice president and secretary in the 1990s. He said during his time at those posts, he found the best policy was listening to more experienced members before voicing opinions or making decisions.

School funding top priorities for West Valley school board candidates

For the West Valley School District, as for districts across the state, navigating the implications of the state Supreme Court case that forced Legislators to boost education spending will be among the greatest challenges in coming years. Both incumbents for the West Valley School Board elections said the district is in good shape, but they emphasized financial uncertainty brought on by the state’s latest push to adequately fund education, as a primary concern.

U High students arrange Valley council candidate debate

Students arrange Valley council candidates debate Wednesday evening at West Valley High School.

Jackson challenges Higgins for Valley Council Position 1

Spokane Valley City Council Position 1 pits incumbent experience against challenger’s youth.

City prosecutor still on ballot after June DUI arrest

A city prosecutor arrested for DUI in June remains on the ballot for a municipal court judge position despite all signs pointing to an abandoned campaign.

Appellate ruling affirms Proposition 1 removal from November ballot

A last-ditch effort to revive the beleaguered initiative for this November’s ballot failed Friday, all but ending the possibility voters will weigh in on a policy some contend makes Spokane a “sanctuary city” for at least two years.

Tossed immigration initiative in Spokane will get emergency appellate review

Proposition 1, an initiative that supporters say would strip Spokane of a disputed “sanctuary city” status, will get a hearing before an appellate court commissioner Thursday as the deadline looms to get on the November ballot.

Judge tosses ‘sanctuary city’ proposition from Spokane’s November ballot

The proposal to roll back a Spokane policy prohibiting officers from asking about immigration status will not be before voters following an order from Spokane County Superior Court Judge Julie McKay. An appeal is possible, but unlikely before the Sept. 5 deadline for the question to appear on November’s ballot.

Spokane County GOP launches ad campaign pushing equality for women

A $12,000 contribution-supported ad campaign airing on local broadcast and cable channels argues the Republican Party is pushing equality and the issues most important to women.

Spokane recruits for committees address oil train, ‘sanctuary city’ ballot measures

Spokane lawmakers are looking for 12 people to serve on committees that will draft statements supporting and opposing the two ballot questions scheduled to be decided on this year’s ballot. The deadline to submit the statements is Sept. 8.