Party: No party
Occupation: Co-owner of Adelo's Pizza, Pasta & Pints
His words: "I just feel, right now, we've got a city council that all seems to vote one way. When one person says something, everybody else just follows the lead. It doesn't seem like they try to look at other solutions, they just go after one thing and everyone votes the same exact way with the exception of Mike Fagan … I want to represent our district up here, and bring what it is the people want."
His pitch: City Hall is not doing enough to recruit and help out small businesses, like the pizzeria and brewery Howes started with his wife in 2008 in the Indian Trial neighborhood, he said. Rather than impose additional taxes to pay for things like street repair and new police officers, Howes said the city should make it easier for small businesses to thrive in town, including abandoning projects like the road diet that will be built on a stretch of North Monroe street. Howes said he'll also pursue more stringent advertising rules for marijuana businesses.
Work experience: Co-owner of Adelo's Pizza, Pasta and Pints. Former credit analyst with Washington Trust Bank.
Education: Graduated from Shadle High School in 1988. Earned a degree in business from Eastern Washington University.
Political experience: First run for public office.
Family: Married. Two children, one from a previous marriage.
Neighborhood: Indian Trail
Early ballot returns indicate the Spokane City Council will retain its progressive-leaning majority, as voters gave comfortable leads to a slate of candidates endorsed by Ben Stuckart in what became a costly and sometimes bitter campaign in the final few weeks.
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.
Conservatives were outraged with the attack on Howes. Liberals were irate with the smear against Beggs. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people who are disgusted with both. Until there is, the slimy politics will continue.
The northwest Spokane pizzeria owner said he’s trying to put a positive spin on a campaign ad he called “slanderous and uncalled-for.”
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Mumm has unmatched civic experience and accomplishments, but we’re also impressed with Burrow’s pragmatism and economic development focus.